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Boatmens Shelter


“The ‘Boatmens Shelter’ sits at the heart of Portscatho village, a reminder of the fishing community that used to be its mainstay. It was originally a reading room, built in the late 1860s by the Enys estate, until local fishermen acquired it in 1904 for the sum of 6d a quarter. Suitably equipped with spyglass, barometer, reading matter and “other necessities”, the distinct shelter became a gathering place for fishermen, somewhere to wait for the tide and weather. In 1921, the Enys estate gifted the freehold of the shelter, along with the harbour and quay, to the boatmen. Although the pier was extended around that time in an attempt to revive the fishing industry, this local profession is now all but gone. Today, the Grade II-listed building, with its ancient hexagonal table, benches and new Delabole slate roof, is a poignant legacy of an industry that was once the lifeblood of Portscatho.” – Hilary Stock

Location: Portscatho, Cornwall | medium: giclée photographic print on Fotospeed archival art paper | size: 47.5cms x 64.5cms x 4.5cms | limited edition: 25 | ref: HARB-001

This picture features a grid of nine hand-folded images in a bespoke box frame with non-reflective Artglass. All pictures can be made in a range of sizes and materials. Please contact The Harbour Gallery in Portscatho, Cornwall for more information and to purchase directly.