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Like 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 know 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 known places were seen in a different light, not 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 no 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 non fishing boat enthusiast of things of interest to be found when visiting the coast accompanying someone in pursuit of registered fishing boats. In this edition she has concentrated on trying to explain concerns that the contemporary fishing community and those in related occupations may have with the increasing regulation of their industry and topical things of which the reader may have become aware from media coverage e.g. 'quotas' and the compulsory discarding of fish overboard even though already dead. Also in the Introduction the authors have included simple background explanations of commercial fishing for others like themselves, who have no background in the fishing industry, including the types of fishing boats and the fishing gear used for different varieties of catch. They have added some historical information on the renowned Cornish pilchard industry of past centuries which involved men women and children - the remains of which can still to be found on the coast. There is also a section on the administration and registration of commercial fishing boats and the meaning of the letters and numbers they display. Boats change the port in which they are based from time to time as well as their physical appearance providing an additional challenge to their identification. Several photographs of the same boat with very different appearances taken at different times are included to illustrate such changes. The book concludes with and an alphanumerical and also an alphabetical index allowing a boat to be found by both its name and number. The type of boat, brief details of it and where she is kept makes it possible to look for her in the appropriate ports pages

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Stewart 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.

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WESTERN MORNING NEWS 6th July 2013 By SIMON PARKER - Living Comwall Editor Stewart's hobby turns into a definitive guide to the Duchy It has been said that 'The man who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell for a pastime', but what of the man who writes about the sea for pleasure? Stewart Lenton likes nothing more than to idle on a quayside and his pastime has now grown into a productive retirement project which is sure to generate a great deal of pleasure for those who also enjoy gawping at boats. This week sees the republication of The Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall, a near-comprehensive study of the peninsula's working vessels. "More than 98 per cent of Cornwall's shing boats are in the book," said Stewart, with barely suppressed pride. "And one of the interesting things is that the total number of boats has remained fairly static since I began investigating them back in 2006, although the overall tonnage has reduced." At just over 200 pages and produced in a convenient ring-binder design, the book, which Stewart has subtitled 'An Alternative Way to Explore Cornwall', lists all the working vessels from Sennen to Scilly, Newquay to Newlyn, Mullion to Mevagissey, Portscatho to Polkerris, and many many more. As well as colour photographs of vessels large and small, along with vital statistics and the year of build, it also provides a history of each of the 46 ports. "Labour of love" is an overused definition, but in this case it is perfectly apposite. So what makes a man who has enjoyed a long and successful career, as a pilot with the RAF and for various commercial airlines, decide to spend his retirement traipsing around the ports of Cornwall with a notebook and camera? "It all started by accident while I was volunteering as a watch-keeper at Rame Head," said Stewart, who lives at Down Thomas near Plymouth. "It began as an aid to recognition and just grew and grew. The Maritime Museum in Falmouth found out about what I'd been doing and insisted I complete the research and publish the findings." Joined by his wife, Liz, who has supplied much of the background text, Stewart set about cataloguing and photographing toshers and trawlers, crabbers and long-liners. Some are captured at rest, tied up to a quayside, while others are caught at sea, going to and from harbour or pulled up on shore. A volume for unashamed boat 'anoraks', Stewart and Liz hope their endeavours will also provide a starting point for locals and visitors who want a purposeful method of exploring the Cornish coast. And for those so inclined, it provides the perfect I-Spy book for big boys. "First and foremost it has been a fascinating project and tremendous fun," said Stewart. "We've visited places we didn't know existed and couldn't even have dreamt of - places like Pendeen Boat Cove and Port Quin. Our knowledge of Cornwall has increased no end." Although an experienced sailor with an offshore skippers ticket, he had no ambitions to write any type of book, let alone one about working boats. However since embarking on the Cornish project, Stewart and Liz have completed three further titles The fishing Boats & Ports of Devon, The Fishing Boats and Ports Of Wales, and What is the Meaning of the Letters and Numbers on Fishing Boats? The latter is the result of another period of intense research, incorporating a full list of Ports of Registration in the British Isles. From A (Aberdeen) to Y (Youghall). Local interest will immediately be drawn to PW (Padstow), SS (St Ives), PZ (Penzance), FH (Falmouth), TO (Truro), and FY (Fowey). With Cornwall, Devon and Wales under their belts, Stewart and Liz are considering whether to turn their attention to the shermen, boats and ports of Dorset. The Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall by Stewart Lenton is published by Channel View Publishing at GBP15. It is available in shops, through www.fishportboats.co.uk or direct from the author at Channel View, Andurn Estate, Down Thomas, Plymouth, PL9 0AT. Foreword to the First Edition by George Hogg Hon Archivist of the National History Museum, Falmouth Cornwall. The Fishing Boats and Ports of both Devon & Cornwall started off in a very different way from most books. The original idea was to produce an easy identification guide to the fishing vessels which Stewart and his fellow watchkeepers at the National Coast Watch Institution saw passing their lookout station at Rame Head. Stewart noticed that when skippers called up on the radio to identify their boats they invariably gave only the names of their vessels, which are not easy to check, especially when the sea is rough, so Stewart made up a display book of photos that he took of the local vessels. This proved so successful that he produced other displays for the volunteers manning the lookouts in other parts of both Devon and Cornwall. Stewart and his wife travelled many hundreds of miles to visit all the fishing ports in Devon and Cornwall to photograph all the fishing craft in the region. These trips led his wife Liz to write the general introduction to the ports which appears at the beginning of the book. This section will be a very great help to many visitors as it will enable them to see beyond the gulls and brightly coloured boats which fill our ports. An excellent section on fishing methods follows which will enable readers to understand how boats are rigged to catch different types of fish. All readers will find much to interest them in the main body of these books which contain some 1450 up to date photographs of the region's fishing craft carefully arranged in the order of the ports from which they fish. These photographs are not only an "I Spy" guide, but when taken as a whole, provide the historian with an unique overview of the fishing activity in Devon and Cornwall in 2006. The inclusion of dates on all the photographs is vital as individual boats often change their ports and appearance The comprehensive index at the end of the books provides a very valuable check list for all the users of these books. I have no doubt that this book which has been produced as the result of one man's idea to produce a recognition aid for the watchkeepers at Rame Head will be read and enjoyed by many people from all walks of life. I am most grateful to Stewart for writing it and providing me, as a historian, with an unique and most valuable insight into the fishing activity in the region. 11 September 2006. The Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall Second updated edition Foreword by David Linkie of Fishing News For centuries fishing from the numerous coves and harbours located along the approximately 300 miles of rugged and remote Cornish coastline has been an integral part of the social fabric of Cornwall. The hostile but also highly productive North Atlantic waters that surround Cornwall are home to a rich diversity of prime seafood. Including bass, brown crab, dover sole, hake, halibut, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, pilchards, scallops, spider crab and turbot, these valuable species are a familiar sight to local residents and tourists alike. Whereas in years gone by, fresh Cornish seafood would be eaten in close proximity to where it was caught and brought ashore, this situation is considerably different today. Regardless of species, a large proportion of sea-food landed in Cornwall today is highly valued throughout Europe in such countries as France, Italy and Spain. Further evidence of the renowned reputation fishermen in Cornwall have for delivering top quality seafood is that their catches are much sought after and highly valued by well-known chefs and leading restaurants in London, as well as throughout south-west England. While the main fishing methods such as gill-netting, hand-lining, potting and trawling are the same in principle today as they were several generations ago, considerable changes can be seen in the catch storage methods used by modern fishermen. Larger vessels are equipped with hi-tech ice machines and refrigerated fishrooms to ensure that catches are stored in optimum condition, while small single-handed cove boats carry insulated containers into which fish are immediately placed. Little wonder then that Cornish seafood is held in such high regard! One of the main characteristics of fishing in Cornwall is the level of natural diversity spanning both the size and type of vessel and their place of operation. By including every location from where fishing vessels operate daily in Cornwall, 'The Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall' provides a comprehensive and invaluable insight into a way of life that continues to fascinate people from all backgrounds. Perhaps to a casual observer, fishing is underpinned by continuity and stability. Whilst this is largely true when viewed from the perspective of annual catches and their composition, the same cannot always be said about the vessels of the Cornish fishing fleet. To progress their individual businesses and ensure they are in line with fishing opportunities and marketing requirements, skippers/owners regularly buy and sell their boats. This well established pattern leads to continual changes in the vessels fishing from each location. Having purchased another vessel, a skipper then often renames it in line with a long-established family tradition. In order to ensure coverage of these changes, as well as to provide up-to-date photographs, author Stewart Lenton has spent countless hours visiting every harbour in Cornwall in order to provide highly detailed and first-hand coverage of the Cornish fishing fleet. In years to come, 'The Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall' will provide a valuable historical record of what for many families continues to be a traditional way of life, and one that is therefore of continuing importance throughout Cornwall. May 2013 FISHING NEWS REVIEW by DAVE LINKIE August 2013 The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall Details of more than 750 registered Cornish fishing vessels, together with 46 fishing harbours and coves, are included in the new book "The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall," reports David Linkie. The publication is the latest to be compiled by the well-known Plymouth fishing boat enthusiast and author Stewart Lenton, and fully updates the first edition of the same title, which sold out in 2006. By being able to compare the Cornish fleet of seven years ago with the present day one, Stewart Lenton is able to extrapolate a number of interesting facts that show how the composition of the local fleet continues to evolve in line with constantly changes in fishing opportunities originating from Brussels and the EU. Featuring over 1100 colour photographs incorporated on 200 pages in an easy to use spiral bound, lay-flat format, Stewart Lenton's book, which is described as "an alternative way to explore Cornwall" provides an extremely comprehensive overview of the Cornish fishing industry. Small unique coves and landing beaches such as Pendeen Boat Cove and Port Quin, are covered alongside similar small but perhaps more widely known harbours of Polperro, Cadgwith, Mousehole, Sennen Cove and Port Isaac, as well as the larger commercial fishing harbours at Looe, Mevagissey, Newlyn, Newquay and Padstow. Stewart Lenton, accompanied by his wife Liz, who contributed introductory sections summarising the complexities of fisheries management, have clearly spent hundreds of hours and driven thousands of miles around Cornwall in what is clearly a labour of love to obtain the unparalleled collection of location and vessel photographs shown in the end result. Each harbour is summarised by an interesting brief history and description, aided by the prolific use of photographs. This general introduction is followed by photographs of just about every boat that has fished from each port in the last seven years, preceded by a concise table listing that includes details of each vessel's LOA, GT, kW, year of build and hull type. By including boats ranging in size and type from 4m toshers to 35m+ beamers, coverage of the Cornish fishing fleet is equally diverse and detailed. At the end of The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall there is a quick reference listing of boats in Cornwall in both alpha-numerical order of registration and an alphabetical list by vessel name. Copies of Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall ISBN 978-0-9554023-7-1 (GBP15 + GBP2.50 P&P) are available from shops, through www.fishportboats.co.uk or direct from the author at Channel View, Andurn Estate, Down Thomas, Plymouth PL9 0AT.

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