“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Falmouth in Cornwall County, England, United Kingdom

Discovery Quay

Discovery Quay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 5, 2018
1. Discovery Quay Marker
Welcome to the Discovery Quay
From the quayside and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC), there are fine vistas of the harbour with Falmouth's historic fabric of tiered harbourside properties dominating the waterfront.

The Port Pendennis marina village and Maritime Museum are built on land reclaimed from the sea in the 1980s.

Manorial tidal mills existed here during the 1600s near the current Maritime Museum site. Bar Creek, a tidal inlet where the marina village now stands supported a number of waterside industries including corn and flour merchants, boatyards, pilchard cellars, timber ponds and sawmilts. The sea originally went up as far as the road on all sides and within 15 metres of the Killigrew monument.
The Adrairalty had four naval centres called ‘Forts’ located in the town during WWll. Fort II close by in Arwenack Street was the Pay Office.

Did you know?
Napoleon Bonaparte came into Falmouth harbour on board HMS Northumberland in 1815 on his way to exile in St Helena.

Record Breaker
Dame Ellen MacArthur sailed from Falmouth in 2004 on her trimaran B&Q Castorama. The following year she-tied up alongside the Maritime Museum after her epic record-breaking, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

Did you know?
Discovery Quay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 5, 2018
2. Discovery Quay Marker
from the US Advanced Amphibious group repaired landing craft and practiced for the D-Day invasion in 1944 on a slipway they constructed to your left where the Watersports Centre is now situated.

This pier, which projected 130 metres out into the harbour from near the Killigrew monument, was built in 1890 by the Falmouth Volunteer Division Submarine Miners (Royal Engineers). A vessel used to lay electronically detonated mines on the seabed was loaded from here. Learn more about Falmouth at

“The sea has never been friendly to man, at most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”   [Joseph Conrad, Novelist 1857 – 1924]
Location. 50° 9.106′ N, 5° 3.771′ W. Marker is in Falmouth, England, in Cornwall County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue Road and Campbeltown Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falmouth, England TR11 3XA, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russian Convoy Memorial (here, next to this marker); HMS Forte IV (a few steps from this marker); National Maritime Museum Cornwall (within shouting distance of this marker); Killigrew Pyramid (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Port of Falmouth (about 180 meters away); Falmouth Docks (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Pendennis Point (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Watching the waterline (approx. 1.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falmouth.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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