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Green Boats

 

This page shows the excursion boats operated by Green Boats of Falmouth.

Green Boats was the trading name of River Fal & Western Cruises Ltd. Registered in London and incorporated in 1954, it was headed by a Mr. G. Hamilton and offered trips on the Fal, to Percuil and in Falmouth Bay. The local manager was a Bart Moore of Mylor. According to Colin Hosford, his father worked for Graham Hamilton in London where he owned a garage and machine shop near Hyde Park Corner (Wimbush and Metal Machinists). Colin spent many summer holidays in Mylor where his father worked with Bart Moore on the Green Boats fleet. He believes that their holidays were subsidised by his fatherís work on the Green Boats.Photos by Colin's parents are shown below.

 

Green Boats began operations with three launches, Tamar, Temptress (1) and Gondolier. The first two were ex-Admiralty vessels, of which a number operated in Falmouth at this time. The Gondolier had previously run locally with Victory Pleasure Launches between 1947 and 1950. Green Boats also acquired another ex-Admiralty boat, Skylark II, in 1962 following the death of owner Rodney Newman of Tolverne.

 

In the 1970s the Green Boats fleet was sold off. Gondolier went to Falmouth owner George Pill. Skylark II and Temptress (1) went initially to another local owner, Bob Rogers, who later sold them to George Pill. George later passed Temptress (1) to brother Kenneth Pill, who used her for fishing trips until 1985. She then went to Millbrook owners and later ran in Plymouth as Condor. Skylark II was also sold to a Plymouth owner in 1984.

 

Vessels on this Page:-

Gondolier

Skylark II

Tamar

Temptress (1)

Other Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Pages:-
Cornwall Header Page
Falmouth 2008 Overview
Falmouth Pleasure Cruises
Falmouth - Pill Family
Isles of Scilly SS
Flushing Ferry
Newman's Cruises  
River Fal Steamship Company
Scilly Inter-island Boats
St Mawes Ferry
 
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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 Rhos Newman, Graham Thorne, Geoff Hamer and Colin Hosford for assistance with this page
 
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Tamar

Temptress (1)

(Green Boats)

 

Tamar and Temptress (1) were ex-Admiralty launches, of which a number operated in Falmouth at this time. Temptress (1) went initially to another local owner, Bob Rogers, who later sold them to George Pill. George later passed Temptress (1) to brother Kenneth Pill, who used her for fishing trips until 1985. She then went to Millbrook owners and later ran in Plymouth as Condor. Tamar was also sold in the 1970s.

 

 

Temptress (1) on the River Fal

Scan: Colin Hosford

 

 

Temptress (1) on the River Fal

Scan: Colin Hosford

 

 

Temptress (1) on the River Fal

Scan: Colin Hosford

 

 

Postcard of Temptress (1) at Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth

Front Row: Skylark of Tolverne, Skylark, Temptress (1), Marina II

Back Row: Unknown, Scotia, Evelina, Marina (1), Y Not

 

 

Postcard of Temptress (1) at Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth

Front Row: Skylark of Tolverne, Skylark, Temptress (1), Marina II

Back Row: Unknown, Scotia, Evelina, Marina (1), Y Not

 

 

 

 

 

Gondolier

(Green Boats)

 

Gondolier at joined the Green Boats fleet at the start, having previously served locally with Victory Pleasure Launches between 1947 and 1950. When the Green Boats fleet was disposed of in the early 1970s, Gondolier went to Falmouth owner George Pill. A Gondolier ran in the Isles of Scilly between 1957 and 1968, although I am not sure if this was the same boat.

 

 

Postcard of Gondolier at the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth in the late 1950s

Scan: Rhos Newman

 

 

Postcard of Gondolier at the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth in the late 1950s

Scan: Rhos Newman

 

 

 

 

 

Skylark II

(Green Boats)

 

Built: 1942 - 47 ft long - 80 passengers


Skylark II was ex-Admiralty and ran with Newman, Tolverne from the late 1940s. She had been running from Jersey to France as St Aubin. Sold to Green Boats in 1962 and to Bob Rogers in the late 1970s, then to the Pill family in the early 1980s. With Elworthy, Millbrook from 1984
, to Brixham c.1990 and with the Brixham Belles from c.2000 and renamed Mariner. Came back to the Fal with Cornwall Ferries 2003 and renamed Lady Julia. For sale 2004, and now running at Stourport-on-Severn as Skylark II (www.severnferry.co.uk).
 

 

Skylark II at Truro in 1953 in Newmans service

Photo: © Rhos Newman

 

 

Postcard of Skylark II (left) at Malpas with Queen of the Fal (1)

Scan: Rhos Newman

 

 

Postcard of Skylark II (left) at Malpas with Queen of the Fal (1)

Enlarged view of the card above

Scan: Rhos Newman

 

 

Skylark II in Pill ownership

Photo: © Alan Kittridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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