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Flushing Ferry
Falmouth-Flushing Ferry History
 
 
This page shows the ferries of the Flushing Ferry between Falmouth & Flushing, across the Penryn River.
 
The ferry has a long history, and Charles II bestowed its rights to Sir Peter Killigrew in 1660. It was leased to successive ferrymen, who rowed between Flushing Quay and Greenbank Quay. In 1877 John Mead took over the operation. He bought the 1869 Oreston & Turnchapel Steamboat Co Greyhound in 1888. The ferry terminal moved to Market Strand Quay. Greyhound ran on the ferry until 1900 and she was scrapped in 1904. By 1894 the ferry had passed to Charles Rushden, who added a small 37.8 ft launch renamed Armine (built 1886). He also built the fine excursion steamer Truro Belle in 1895, but she was sold within three years. In 1900 the small screw steamer Lily replaced the Greyhound. The ferry lease passed to Jack Angel in 1901, and he bought another Oreston & Turnchapel Steamboat Co vessel, the Express of 1881. The ferry passed to Charles Hughes in 1913, who built a new motor vessel Miranda (1) in 1914. Express probably survived until after the First World War. The ferry passed to Horace Reece, and then Robert Arthur Kessel in 1933. He built the Miranda II in 1934, a similar launch to the Miranda (1). In January 1940, Kessel sold the to John Messer Bennets, who then incorporated the Flushing Ferry Ltd with the other directors Col.Henry Trefusis (owner of the ferry rights) and Harry Sylvanus Austin Johns, who was the largest shareholder and manager. In 1951 they built the new boat Nankersey (the old name for Flushing) at Falmouth Boat Construction. Miranda II also remained on the ferry, and continued to maintain it after Nankersey was sold to the St Mawes Ferry Company in 1976. Ownership of the Flushing Ferry Company changed several times, being acquired by Dr.F.E.Clynick and his family in 1981. The company ceased trading in 1984/5, ferry ownership passing to F.M.Clynick who had A.J.Murray build the current boat Miranda (2) in 1985. Since 2006, the ferry has been run by the Hudson family.
 
 
 
Sections on This Page:-
Flushing Ferry Fleet List
 
Vessels on This Page:-
Greyhound (1888-1900 - Built: 1869 )
Express (1901-1919 - Built: 1881)
Miranda (1) (1914- - Built: 1881)
Miranda (2) (1985- )
Miranda II (1934-1985)
Nankersey (1951-1976)
Princess Marina (19??-19??)
 
Other Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Pages:-
Cornwall Header Page
Falmouth 2008 Overview
Falmouth Pleasure Cruises
Green Boats
Flushing Ferry - this page
Isles of Scilly SS
K&S Cruises
Newman's Cruises
Pill Family
River Fal Steamship Company
Scilly Inter-island Boats
St Mawes Ferry
 
Associated Pages:-
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References:-
Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - editions from 1977 to 2007
     Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
Passenger Steamers of the Rover Fal - Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press, 1988
Steamers & Ferries of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly - Alan Kittridge - Tempus, 2004
     My thanks to Graham Thorne, Geoff Hamer, John Hendy and John Pill for assistance with this page
 
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Flushing Ferry
Falmouth-Flushing Ferry Fleet List
 
 
Greyhound
(1888-1900 - Built:1869)

Built: 1869 - 16 gross tons - 48.5 ft long - 91 passengers

In 1888 John Mead bought the 1869 Oreston & Turnchapel Steamboat Co Greyhound. The ferry operation passed to Charles Rushden by 1894. Greyhound ran on the ferry until 1900, and was scrapped in 1904.
 
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Express
 
The ferry lease passed to Jack Angel in 1901, and he bought another Oreston & Turnchapel Steamboat Co vessel, the Express of 1881. The ferry passed to Charles Hughes in 1913, who built a new motor vessel Miranda (1) in 1914. Express probably survived until after the First World War.
 
 

Postcard of Express at Prince of Wales Pier

Princess Victoria behind

 
 
Postcard of Express at Prince of Wales Pier
Princess Victoria behind - Enlarged image of card above
 
 

 
 
 
Miranda (1)
(Flushing Ferry: 1914-19??)
 
The ferry passed to Charles Hughes in 1913, who built a new motor vessel Miranda (1) in 1914.
 
 
Valentine's postcard of Flushing boat Miranda (1) (right) and Roseland (left)
 
 
E.E.Collins postcard with Miranda (1) behind New Resolute off the pier on the left
Roseland is right front at the Prince of Wales Pier with Victor is behind her
Princess Victoria and Queen of the Fal are behind the pier
 
 


 
 
 
Miranda II
(Flushing Ferry: 1934-1985)
 
Built: 1934 - 16 gross tons - 36 ft long - 78 passengers
 
The Miranda II was built at Flushing in 1934 by Arthur Kessel who had recently acquired the lease for the ferry service running between the Old Quay at Flushing and the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth. In January 1940 she was sold to John Messer Bennets of Devoran, a Truro solicitor, but within two months a new Company was formed to take over the rights to the Ferry service. She continued on the ferry through various owners, even though the new vessel Nankersey was built in 1951. Miranda II was sold in 1985 to George Pill, a local boatman, who almost immediately sold her on to Torquay owners.
 
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Nankersey
(Flushing Ferry: 1951-1976)
 
Built: 1951 - 23 gross tons - 45 ft long - 91 passengers
 
Nankersey was a wooden launch built in 1951, by Falmouth Boat Construction. She was 23 gross tons and had a small saloon and upper deck. She was on the Flushing Ferry from 1951 to 1976, and then worked for the St Mawes Ferry Company, who gave her a raised bridge and small funnel. Sold to Fleetwood 1994 and ran as Lady Victoria Belle. For sale 1998, no further records found.
 
 
Valentine's postcard L.1606 of Nankersey (bottom left)
With New Roseland and St Mawes Castle at Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
 
 
Valentine's postcard L.1606 of Nankersey
Enlarged image from the postcard above

 

 

Nankersey on the St Mawes Ferry in 1984, with Skylark II
Photo: Alan Kittridge

 

 
Photograph of Lady Victoria Belle at Fleetwood in the 1990s
Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
 
 
 
Princess Marina
(St Mawes Ferry Co: 1975-1988, Built: 1936)
 
Princess Marina was previously the Sea Horse II at St Mary's and went to the St Mawes ferry in 1969. She worked the Flushing Ferry during some winters. She was acquired by J&M Rackley in 2000 for services on the River Exe.


Postcard with Princess Marina arriving on the left
Enterprise and Enterprise II at the pier
 
 
Postcard with Princess Marina arriving on the left
Enterprise and Enterprise II at the pier - Enlarged image of card above
 
 

 

 
 
Miranda (2)
(Flushing Ferry: 1985- )
 
Built: 1921 - 48 gross tons - 65 ft long - 127 passengers
 
Miranda (2) was built in 1985 by A.J.Murray, Falmouth, for F.M.Clynick, who operated the ferry service from Falmouth to Flushing. Since 2006, the ferry has been run by the Hudson family.

 
Miranda arriving at the Prince of Wales Pier at Falmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 23rd July 2008
 
 
Miranda arriving at the Prince of Wales Pier at Falmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 23rd July 2008
 
 
Miranda arriving at the Prince of Wales Pier at Falmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 23rd July 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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