Nailed to the mast
Plymouth Marine's research ship, Plymouth Quest is having a few jobs done in Penzance dock including a new deck crane.Sadly, the 100 year old St Ives lugger Barnabus is still sporting a writ on her mast.Back in Newlyn its back to the netting for tuna pole boat Nova Spero.Seems the Jacob's scallop handling gear is nearly complete.Overnight, the Ripple stayed afloat......much to John's relief!The memorial fisherman looks out over foggy bay this morning...
Finally the Ripple gets to float!
Members of the Pirates Rugby team pull the Ripple down to the Canner's slip.After over three years of blood, sweat and tears the Ripple is afloat. See the full slideshow of her dramatic journey by road.
Princess Royal unveils Newlyn Fishermans Memorial
Waiting patiently in overcast conditions an expectant crowd waits for the statue to be unveiled....some gained unusual vantage points on the green....while others, in the Orion's new extension, enjoyed a balcony view of the proceedings....Penlee Lifeboat Ivan Ellen, CSFC St Piran and the MCA's Anglian Princess provided a guard of honour....and Newlyn Male Voice Choir greeted the Princess as she made her way to the waiting guests...where she was greeted by harbour commissioner Douglas Williams .......who was movingly interrupted by PZ191, William Sampson Stevenson, seen here getting the thumbs-up as she sounded her horn in acknowledgment.....then it was the turn of the Princess Royal to give a short, but appropriately worded message to the assembled crowd......when she then turned and pulled at the shroud to.......reveal local sculptor, Tom Leaper's powerful evocation of a fisherman with heaving line in hand.....facing out to the open sea where so many remain; the memorial will serve as a focal point for family and friends to visit and remember.
Later that evening as the sun goes down over Mounts Bay, the Scillonian makes her way to Penzance dock.....as an onlooker contemplates the statue in the twilight....
meanwhile, local young skateboarders take advantage of the red carpet and parking cones left over from the official ceremony!
Memorial under wraps
All set for the Princess Royal, the Newlyn Fisherman's Memorial is under wraps and waiting for the official unveiling at 2pm tomorrow. Away in the distance there is some late evening action in the new Orion Art Gallery extension.Tomorrow afternoon will see the garden of the Tolcarne Inn buzzing with visitors to the unveiling ceremony.
New St Ives boat makes good news for Newlyn