In April, the Historic Port of Charlestown Co. opened their gates to the inner harbour at Charlestown as Cornwall’s newest tourist destination. Until then the best way for the public to view the space was by watching shows such as Poldark or Taboo.
Now visitors to the harbour will be able to step back in time to the age of sail by exploring the deck and cargo hold of the trading ship ‘Kajsamoor’ (pronounced Kiser-moor).
Shane McCarthy, the owner of the ship and the harbour said,
“We’re excited to start adding things to the port. On top of what we’ve already achieved and what we have planned, the addition of another old ship here will be a great feature.”
The Kajsamoor will be the first ship to make Charlestown her home port since the ‘Kaskalot’ and ‘Earl of Pembroke’ left the harbour after being purchased by new owners a few years ago.
He went on to say,
“We’ve invested a lot of love and effort into this project so that people can enjoy the harbour as much as we do. To actually step on board and go below decks on a tall ship will just be the icing on the cake for anyone that wishes to visit.”
The ship is due to arrive at 4pm this Monday 8th May. It will then be made shipshape and available for the public to visit from Friday 19th May.
Kajsamoor is a two masted, wooden trading ketch built in 1939 in Norway. She most recently worked as a charter vessel in Tallinn, Estonia.
Port Curator, Thom Axon talked a little bit about the vessel.
“The name comes from Norse mythology and means ‘Mother of the Wind Troll’.
Kajsamoor is a good example of the type of sailing vessel that would have visited Charlestown in the early 20th Century.”
“The last British registered, engineless, cargo ship was the Brigantine ‘Waterwitch’ and in 1936 she set sail from Saint Austell Bay to Estonia. The fact that we have brought the Kajsamoor from Estonia just seems to tie together the history of sail cargo in the area.”
The ship will be a permanent feature in Charlestown for visitors to enjoy as part of a larger attraction.
There will be a competition to rename the ship to mark her new life with the Historic Port of Charlestown.
About the Historic Port of Charlestown Co.
The Historic Port of Charlestown Co. is the team that are working hard to bring the untold narrative of Charlestown together in a dynamic and creative way. Through interactive exhibits, workshops, music, story telling and more.
The Historic Port of Charlestown is open Friday – Sunday until June when it will be open 7 days a week until the end of October. If the weather is adverse then the inner harbour may be closed.
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