The beautiful port of Charlestown has been attracting thousands
of visitors for many years.
Shipwreck and Heritage Centre stands above the old harbour and houses
many artefacts ranging from the Titanic to diving equipment.
used to work in London, when I came to Charlestown I could not believe
somewhere like this existed," says David Ettritch, the curator
of the centre. "To me, this village is perfect. Outside you
have the harbour and the lovely tall ships. Inside the museum there
is the largest collection of shipwreck aretfacts there is in europe."
scene of Charles Rashleigh who built up Charlestown.
harbour has attracted many film-makers since its exporting business
started to decline.
have had the Three Musketeers, Moll Flanders, and many more filmed
in Charlestown," explains David."It is a genuine port
built around 1791. The harbour hasn't changed much. The houses are
still as they were when they were originally built. There is very
little cost to the film-makers as they don't have to make many changes.
Earl Of Pembroke is being used in the Hornblower series.
you walk up to the heritage centre you are welcomed by an old rogue
who has been greeting visitors for more than 20 years. Peg Leg Pascoe
is a pirate who is permanently in the jail at Charlestown.
Peg Leg welcomes visitors from his jail in Charlestown.
Peg Leg has become a popular fixture at the centre," smiles
David. "We have parents coming to us saying they remembered
the pirate when they were children!"
Heritage centre houses thousands of artefacts. The Titanic section
is proving very popular as this year marks the 90th anniversary
of its sinking.
is always a great fascination with the Titanic," says David.
"We have had many people visit us who said they had relatives
who died on the ship."
children many of the exhibitions have moving models. A new addition
is the super cruisers, these are model boats for children to move
around the water. Adults find these appealing too!
can steer a static ship in the Heritage Centre.
have so many artefacts we could do with more room," laughs
David. "We are like a gallon poured into a pint pot."
recommends you allow an hour and a half to look around. If you are
really interested in diving and shipwrecks you could easily spend
all day there.
From St Austell, take the A3061 into Charlestown. The Shipwreck
& Heritage Centre is on the left of the Harbour.