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Where to see tall ships, Charlestown, Cornwall

Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

If you wish to visit Charletown Harbour by boat, then it’s worth looking into our Cornish Sailing trips, you can find them all here: Cornish Sailing Trips

Historic little private harbour owned by Square Sail – a tall ship company that makes period films. Famous as the set for the TV drama The Onedin Line and many other ‘frilly blouse’ films like Hornblower TV series.

Tall Ships Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot are a versatile tall ships fleet that used to be based in Charlestown. For the last twenty years the tall ships could often be spotted in the picturesque port – when they were not away filming and the sea of masts became quite a tourist attraction.

The port and fleet were owned by  – Square Sail – a company that could supply just about anything you might need to make a period drama or movie and were old hands at changing their ships to fit many different centuries of sail. 

Today several of the tall ships in the Square Sail fleet have been sold, so it is not as reliable tall ship spotting port as it was, and they rarely run day sails or charter voyages anymore.

The port has featured in many films too and was built in the late 1700s by Charles Rashleigh, the harbour of Charlestown was developed to service the then thriving fishing and China Clay trades. However, gradually over time these trades slowly declined and the harbour was hardly used by the early 1990s. In 1994 Square Sail purchased the Harbour and beaches, generating new interest and breathing life into the Port.

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