Maritime Expert To Highlight Scilly’s Shipbuilders In Museum Talk

Richard Larn

Richard Larn

An islands-based maritime expert will highlight the importance of St Mary’s shipbuilding heritage in a talk at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth next month.

In 2013, Richard Larn published the book ‘Built On Scilly’ with Roger Banfield, which revealed the extent of shipbuilding on St Mary’s.

176 ships were built here between 1774 and 1891.

Richard is President of the International Shipwreck Conference in Plymouth, which meets each February. And most years he travels from the Devon meeting to the Falmouth museum to host a lunchtime lecture.

At the session on Monday 9th February Richard will stress how impressive it is that ships up to 500 tons were built on an island without easy access to iron, wood, chains, ropes, tar and paint all had to be imported.

But he says the Scilly shipbuilders remained cost competitive with their neighbours in Cornwall, which had a thriving industry on both its north and south cost

The meeting starts at 12.30pm and tickets, which include lunch, can be bought from the National Maritime Museum for £16.