Local History


Prussia Cove History.

Prussia Cove has a wealth of history and most is accessible via Google or other search engines, but two interesting subjects are the Carter Brothers, John and Harry, who were smugglers / Private Entrepeneurs, based at Prussia Cove (originally named Portleah) and the surrounding areas. He mounted guns there and was a thorn in the side of the customs men. At low tide it is easy to see the cart tracks cut into the rocks where they hauled up the goods from the ships and into various hideaways. A good place to start researching him is here. http://www.cornwall-calling.co.uk/famous-cornish-people/carter.htm

Also in more recent times the warship HMS Warspite broke free from her tow to the scrap yard and was wrecked on the rocks at Prussia Cove. This valiant old battleship seemed to defy the knackers yard to her dying breath and I believe was eventually broken up on site. One of her spars now stands on the western side of the cove as a memorial to her. and the chains which held her fast are still visible in the rocks next to the spar.

More information can be found here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/53/a2692253.shtml