Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

Bird Chough Facebook circle blue large

St Gerrans & Porthscatho O C S

 

Officers

 

President: Mrs Hilary Thompson   01872 580573

 

Chairman: Mr Ralph German  01326 270558

 

Membership Secretary: Mrs Jean Rigley

 

Treasurer: Mrs Margaret George

 

Recorder:  Neville Meek   01872 581817.

 

 

 

Click to contact this Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded: 1976

 

Saffron, Black & White

St Gerrans Portscatho 1895 (Clive Cudmore)

 

We are in the process of setting up a website

 

https://sites.google.com/view/stgerransandporthscatho-ocs

 

It is very much a work in progress and we shall be adding to it in the future...

2018-2019 Programme

Individual event posters shown below

Facebook circle blue large Twitter square blue large

Reports

Listener (1)

March 2019 Meeting – Cornish Mariner, Captain Joseph Banfield

 

At the March meeting Charlotte Mackenzie gave a talk on the career of Captain Joseph Banfield who was born in Falmouth in the mid eighteenth century. Here he lived until the age of 16, when he persuaded his parents to allow him to sign an eight year apprenticeship on an American ship which was visiting Falmouth at that time. He wrote a memoir in 1796 describing his seagoing career.

While his voyages included trading goods in the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic, he was very much involved in the slave trade, which operated from West Africa to the West Indies. He made 11 such voyages until the trade was abolished in 1807 by Act of Parliament, though trafficking continued in the Caribbean until 1811.

At times he lived in Nantucket, USA, engaged in whaling, but returned to live in Limehouse, London, where he died in 1868.

St Gerrans April