A Room With A View

posted on October 17th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Tucked away behind the nineteenth century chimney at the summit of Cape Cornwall is a little white building with spectacular views across the ocean. It’s the National Coastwatch Lookout Station for Cape Cornwall and it’s a fascinating place.

The station’s open 365 days a year, whatever the weather and manned entirely by volunteers. There are 24 active watch keepers at Cape Cornwall looking out for anyone in danger around the local coast, for flares and sailors in distress. We met Jonathan Rothwell, the Station Master for the Lookout Station to find out a little more…

Around midday there’s a handover to the second watch keeper to share any points of interest and the watch continues. Visitors are welcome and there’s often wildlife to spot – a pair of seals are frequently sighted at high tide enjoying the waves, with the warmer months bringing basking sharks and huge sunfish closer to the shore. Gulls, puffins, choughs and kestrels soar through the skies. At the end of the day, the logs and reports are filed and the coastguard notified that the station has closed. And as for the most unusual sighting? ‘A difficult choice between the Dawn Treader ship from the Narnia films or the JS el Carno a distinctive four masted Spanish schooner!’

The station’s day starts just before 8am when the first watch comes on duty to open up and declare facility status to Falmouth coastguard station. After phoning through a weather report to BBC Cornwall, all the marine vessels that pass by are logged. The station’s equipped with radar, online GPS tracking equipment, radio and a pair of custom made binoculars with an impressive  25 times magnification power. The watch keeper keeps an eye on all the local marine traffic, from huge container vessels right down to small lobster fishing boats and kayakers. They communicate any significant sightings or concerns by phone with other lookout stations and Falmouth coastguard station should any rescues be needed.

 

The Great British Beach Clean

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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The Marine Conservation Society has put together a campaign to help keep British beaches clean. Last Friday Seasalt headed to Swanpool Beach in Falmouth to take part in the ‘Great British Beach Clean’.

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We met with several members of the public who came to help, including possibly the youngest member of any beach clean yet!

Armed with gloves, bags and grabbers we scoured the beach picking up rubbish.

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to those who turned out to help, and a huge thanks to Swanpool Beach Café for supporting us and for the yummy hot chocolates!

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The youngest member of our beach clean team

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We were horrified at the amount of rubbish we found.

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We marked down everything we collected

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Some well deserved Hot Chocolates

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Well done, team!

Celebrating Golowan in Penzance

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Laura Ellis
Photo: Claire Graham

Photo: Claire Graham

Seasalt started life in a little shop in Adelaide Street, Penzance.

The works of Denys Val Baker, Penzance and the rest of West Penwith has become a source of inspiration for our AW14 collection.

This weekend is one of the biggest events in Penzance’s calendar. The town has been a hive of activity celebrating the traditional Golowan Festival. (Quick Cornish lesson: Golowan is the Cornish word for Midsummer)

Traditionally the streets would be lined with lit tar barrels, and bonfires could be seen on the surrounding hills, although this was outlawed in the late 1800s! Luckily the local schools along with a group of local artists came together in 1991 and revived the Golowan Festival in a bid to remember their heritage. The modern festival is much less dangerous than its predecessor (no flaming barrels to avoid!) but it is no less fun.

This weekend is the heart of the celebrations. Tonight, Mazey Eve, showcases local musicians, Penglaz, the Penzance equivalent of the Obby Oss weaving its way around the quay and culminates in a beautiful firework display.

Photo: Gingerbeardman

Photo: Gingerbeardman

On Saturday, Mazey Day, the streets are lined with stalls, there’s music, art exhibitions and activities throughout Penzance, but perhaps the main events not to be missed are the parades through the town.

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Sunday is Quay Fair Day – it’s a slightly more relaxed day focused more around the quay.  With model boats on the boating lake, art exhibitions, folk music and market stalls there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are planning to join in the festivities we’re still in that little shop on Adelaide Street, so do pop in and say hello!

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Falmouth and the D-Day Landings

posted on June 6th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

While Falmouth and St Mawes have played an important part in the inspiration of our Spring/Summer collection, they played an even bigger role during World War Two.

Falmouth’s docks and beaches were used as training areas for British and American troops, and the embarkation points for some of the most poignant parts of the Second World War.

In 1943 and 1944 thousands of Americans set up camp in and around Falmouth, many taking up residence in the quiet village of St Mawes.  There are rumours that because of the numbers of US soldiers Falmouth was named an honorary member of the United States!

The beaches were regularly used to practice for the Normandy Landings and the port would be filled with different vessels, often surpassing a hundred at a time.  Some locals have been known to say that at one time there were so many boats in the harbour you could almost walk from Falmouth to St Mawes without getting your feet wet!

Whilst the residents of the quiet St Mawes quickly got used to the noise of the extra inhabitants it is said that the quietness on the morning of June 6th was what hit them hardest.  In the dead of night the troops had departed in secret and were ferried to the battlefields of Northern France, leaving St Mawes and Falmouth in silence – marking the start of the Normandy Landings.

The Normandy Landings were one of the largest seaborne invasions in history, and contributed to the Allied victory of the Second World War. Many soldiers never got the chance to return to Falmouth and the friends and families they made here.

Although the warships and soldiers have gone, there are still signs of Falmouth’s history around the town.  The old air raid siren can often be heard at Falmouth Docks, and there are two memorials to those who served in the war both in Kimberley Park and on the harbour.

Photo: Vernon White - Wikipedia

Photo: Vernon White – Wikipedia

Seasalt takes on the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge!

posted on June 1st, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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Last Sunday some adventurous members of the Seasalt team got up bright and early to take part in the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge to raise money for various local charities including Shelterbox, BF Adventure and the Fisherman’s Mission.

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The Seasalt Guide to Dog Friendly Beaches

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

We love our beaches down here in Cornwall, and our dogs love them too so there really is no better place to spend your time. However, being a dog owner can mean beaches are restricted to you and your pooch during the summer months.

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It’s Helston Flora Day!

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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It’s a big day in Cornwall today as Helston prepares to welcome in the Spring with Flora Day. Seasalt’s Wholesale Manager James Scorey, a seasoned Flora Day participant, gave us a run-down about the day’s event.

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Dance with the Obby Oss on May Day in Padstow!

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Padstow Obby Oss Day

Happy May Day! If you’re in Padstow today, you’ll not fail to notice the crowds of people milling around ready to welcome the Obby Oss to the streets!

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Help for people affected by the recent storms

posted on February 14th, 2014 by rosie

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Penzance seafront following the recent storms

In usual circumstances we love splashing around in our Seasalt Rain coats and wellies but the recent storms have been more intense than anything we have seen before and we have been saddened to witness the terrible damage to people’s homes around the country.

We heard about the Cornwall Community Foundation setting up a brand new Emergency Storm Fund to help with the aftermath of the storms and we immediately donated £500 to help out local people affected by flooding and storm damage. It was set up to assist people whose homes may not have adequate insurance or to households with vulnerable children and adults. It could help to replace lost clothing or food, to replace carpets or furniture or to help with the clean up or structural repair costs. Community organisations and voluntary groups whose properties or activities have been affected can also apply for help.

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