Over 200 years countless ships passed through these harbour walls in connection with the china clay trade and the whole area was until relatively recent times coated in white dust. Charlestown Harbour was built in the 1790s by Charles Rashleigh, after whom the port is now named, replacing the tiny fishing hamlet of West Polmear. Like Porthleven it is double harbour and this late afternoon shot shows the outer walls.
It is owned now by Square Sail and the inner harbour is used to house its tall ships, which have featured in many films, as has the harbour itself. At the time of writing this it is for sale. £1.5 million will acquire you the harbour, another £1.5 million some adjacent land and a further £1.4 million will get you the tall ships and other assets of Square Sail.
It is one of my favourite places on the South Cornwall coast and I hope whoever buys it will not succumb to the temptation of modernising the area.