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- DescriptionLike the first edition published in 2006 this completely revised and updated version is still both attractively and practically designed. The concealed spiral binding allows it to remain open at any page in rucksack or on chart table without damage, and yet have a title spine for bookshelf display. Its content is also multipurpose. The first edition has been found useful to tourists, and holiday makers, as well as those with a professional interest. As an illustrated guide to coastal places in Cornwall associated with fishing past and present, it suggests a purposeful way to explore and learn about the Cornish coast; but because it contains a photographic and listed record of the contemporary registered fishing boats to be found in these places it also has a wider usefulness. This ranges on the one hand from a family 'I spy' potential, to a unique photographic record for the historian and a companion for fishing industry support services or an aide for safety/emergency crews on the other. Stewart Lenton came to write the original book because as a volunteer watch keeper at the National Coast Watch Institution he identified a need for a photographic record of fishing boats as recognition aid at their lookouts where there is a requirement to log all passing vessels. It was often difficult to identify specific fishing boats because fishing gear would frequently obscure the names and registration numbers of these working boats. As a keen and competent photographer himself, Lenton therefore set about fulfilling this need. This meant travelling to and seeking out any places in Cornwall where fishing boats might be found. His wife Liz frequently accompanied him on these trips and as they had only recently moved to the area they found it an excellent way to get to kw it. Repeated visits were necessary to capture all the boats which by definition would often be out fishing, and Liz took the opportunity to familiarise herself with local attractions, history and traditions. They found these visits exciting and stimulating. Well kwn places were seen in a different light, t just in their holiday postcard attractiveness but imagining them as places where at one time whole families worked together catching, processing and marketing fish. They found other fascinating and photogenic places unlikely to be on any tourist itinerary and perhaps with few if any boats today, but with an interesting history. They became inspired to share their findings in an attempt to motivate others to make their own discoveries. Stewart has continued to improve on his photography whenever the opportunity has presented, and has kept a record of this on this website (updated more frequently than can be the case with the books). The preferred photographs are of the vessel on the water and underway. Of necessity he sometimes has to content himself with an image in a boat yard or under covers. Continually updating his fishing boat photography and keeping abreast of changes has enabled Stewart to have good foundation for this second edition which is a complete revision of the first, and of course the necessary trips to various coastal destinations in Cornwall has usually proved hardship! The second edition follows the same general format as the first. From the information collected on the photographic trips and research done later, Stewart has written a brief narrative about each 'port' which was also illustrated with photographs, maps and diagrams as necessary. This is followed by the list of boats which should be there and his photographs of the boats. There is an Introductory section before the individual 'ports' are considered in turn clockwise round the coast from the River Tamar in the South to Bude in the North followed by the Isles of Scilly. In the introduction to the first edition Liz wrote a section from the viewpoint of the n fishing boat enthusiast of things of interest to be found when visiting the coast accompanying someone in pursuit of
- Author BiographyStewart Lenton graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Bristol University. Having developed a passion for flying in the University Air Squadron, he joined the RAF in which he spent 17 years and became a qualified flying instructor on both the Jet Provost and the Canberra aircraft. Photographic Reconnaissance was his main role during his RAF service. On leaving the RAF he became an Airline pilot for 23 years, working for a series of major airlines before retiring in 2001. Stewart enjoys an active life; he plays golf, is a member of the Plymouth Minster choir and the prestigious West Devon Chorale. He gives talks to local groups on a variety of subjects and along with his wife he was a founding trustee of the Plymouth Community Family Trust for which they held relationship education courses for couples in their home. He is also a qualified RYA Offshore Skipper. Stewart Lenton lives in Plymouth with his wife, Liz, who was an RAF doctor in Malta when they met. Liz Lenton designs the covers for her husband's books, as well as acting as a major contributor. After becoming the RAF's first female medical cadet in 1962, she graduated from St Andrews University as a doctor in 1965. After eight years in the RAF, she became a General Practitioner based near Gatwick Airport, West Sussex and at the same time was sessionally employed in various specialties at local hospitals. She is a qualified Christian counsellor and with her husband has been involved in delivering relationship education for couples pre and post marriage. Like her husband Liz is also a member of the Plymouth Minster Choir. In addition to sharing her husband's love of exploring the coast, Liz loves cats and at one time bred pedigree colourpoint Persians. Combining these two passions, Liz has written a book about fishing communities as seen through the eyes of some time travelling cats.
- Author(s)Liz Lenton,Stewart Lenton
- PublisherChannel View Publishing Plymouth
- Date of Publication01/07/2013
- FormatSpiral bound
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleFishing Boats and Ports of...
- Place of PublicationPlymouth
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintChannel View Publishing Plymouth
- Content Note921 colour photographs, 133 charts/lists, 5 maps and 9 diagrams
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Photographs byStewart Lenton
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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