In 1809 Francis Basset, Lord De Dunstanville of Tehidy, laid the first section of track to the north Cornish port of Portreath which, in doing so, created the first above ground tramway route in Cornwall to use iron rails, linking the inland copper mines of North Downs and Poldice with the harbour and major copper smelters of south Wales.
Coal from the Welsh valleys was also to be imported in great quantity to power Cornish mine engines by return establishing an important reciprocal trade. The opening of the tramroad, or plateway as originally built, enabled massive growth in the volume of both copper ore and coal moving between the two areas, and the expansion of both the mining and smelting industries as a result. (Sourced information from: http://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/activities/activities.htm)
as the lugger entered the harbour walls the swells from the sea made it difficult to do what was originally intended - to hobble her through by foot.
with Sally-Ann and I racing up ahead of it every few minutes to get the next photo!
and was moored at the far end of the harbour, and prepared for the next leg of her journey
At this point, we realised we were on the wrong side of the harbour for the procession, bands and speeches, so once again we did a quick sprint around the head of the harbour and ensconced ourselves at the front to watch the speeches
again we found some lovely ladies all dressed in period costume, who kindly agreed to pose, and again it turns out they were involved in the organising!
Once all of the speeches were complete and the commemorative plaque unveiled, Paul and I had a quick moment to catch up (I'd left him behind at the harbour, when I'd dashed up to the gardens for more blog photo's!)