Saltash Ferry, 1890s-1900s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 16th April 2009

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PD/19/121 Photograph, Saltash Ferry, 1890s-1900s

"For the best part of 500 years the Saltash Ferry piled its trade crossing between Saltash and Saltash Passage Riverside - following the line later taken (in the 1850s) by Brunel's Royal Albert Rail Bridge. Some years before that, probably in the 1830s when Rendel's chain-guided steam ferry significantly improved the river crossing, the landing point on the eastern side of the Tamar moved to just below the Ferry House Inn. Here we see the inn a century or so ago, with the old ferry up on blocks.

Interestingly enough, there was already a fair amount of advertising on the inside facing panels of the ferry, but there was clearly plenty of room for more.

The last ever Saltash Ferry made its final journey on October 23, 1961; the pub's then-licensee however determined to hang on to the old name to remind people of 'the good old days'. Certainly, in some respects, that's just what this marvellous old William Gilhen photograph does, too: and if you look carefuly you can just make out the tramlines running up around the bend in front of and beyond the Ferry House Inn.

As a footnote to the above, the last ferry employed here subsequently wnet down to the Fal to enjoy further service as the King Harry Ferry.

Picture courtesy of Denise Bailey and the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: PD/19/121."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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