New Life Planned For Old Bacon Buoy

St Mary’s quay could soon get a unique new feature.

Harbourmaster Dale Clark says he’d like to install the former Bacon Ledge buoy at the end of the old quay to be used as a seat.

It’s already been transferred to the store at green Farm, where it’s been dried out and stripped of its distinctive red paint.

The idea is to take away the old plastic float and use the metal frame. New elm seating will be added. It’ll also get a new coat of red enamel paint.

Dale says they’d like to add a plaque, describing the unusual history of the buoy.

It’s thought to have drifted across from the US and recovered from the sea by Jeff Penhaligon. It was put to use here as a port hand marker on the Bacon Ledge before being replaced with a new buoy.

It’s been stored behind the gig sheds on Porthmellon ever since.

Dale says he’s talking to the planning department to see what permissions he’ll need, although he’s hoping that, as it’s a temporary structure, it won’t be too detailed.

There’s no intention to remove the existing seating on old quay, which Dale says is very popular, particularly with more elderly residents and visitors as it’s a sheltered spot.

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