Here are some interesting historic facts about the most southerly working port in mainland Britain.
The wage for an apprentice shipwright was 2 shillings (10p) per week for 12 hour days for 6 years.
The SS Titanic was seen from Porthleven in 1912 as she crossed Mount’s Bay. On board were 2 men from Porthleven & 2 men from Helston. They were among the 1500 who lost their lives.
Porthleven’s oldest industry was fishing. The prosperity of the village depended on a successful pilchard season. Pilchards were 5 to 10 a penny. One night 1919 a record catch of 162,000 were landed between 3 boats.
Today the fishing community is still vibrant. Porthleven took a battering in the storms of 2013, but the villagers raced around to mend the defences to protect their harbour.
A charming place to live where everyone knows the shop keepers and each other. There are numerous gig races, events and fairs on the green by the harbour.
With some fantastic pubs set along the harbourside, relax and watch the world go by, and then walk home..........