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From The Times, October 8th, 1803:

" .... The two channels leading into Spithead are equally to be guarded by a considerable naval force; and we understand two second rates are to be stationed in the Needle passage, and look-out vessels at the back of the Isle of Wight, which will form a cordon with the line of battle ships at St Helens. Thus every precaution will be taken to guard Portsmouth from any danger of attack. The Princess Royal, Prince George, and Windsor Castle, will, we believe, be ordered upon this service .... "


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The Times, October 8th, 1803:

" ...... The Tisiphone sloop of war, W. Foot, Commander, is arrived at Exmouth, as a guard-ship, to protect the port....."

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The Times, December 1st, 1805:


" ........... Two batteries are immediately to be formed for the protection of Helford harbour. The one on a spot sacred to loyalty; the Little Dennis, which divides Helford and Gillan rivers, and commands them both. The mount and ditches of a battery, the last that held out for the unfortunate CHARLES, are still pretty entire on this little promontory. The other battery will be on the Eastern entrance of Helford, and both are to be strengthened by a ship of war or gun-boats...... "



Helford old harbour

I wondered what the reference to "Little Dennis" might be about but as it mentioned the "unfortunate Charles", I guessed it might be to do with the English Civil War. There is a paragraph opposite the black and white photograph on this link that refers.

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From a google search for "little dennis"

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photo of little dennis, falmouth - little dennis being the former keep of pendennis castle


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendennis_Castle gives a little of the history, built 100 years before Charles I lost his head.

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Viking wrote:
From a google search for "little dennis"

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photo of little dennis, falmouth - little dennis being the former keep of pendennis castle


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendennis_Castle gives a little of the history, built 100 years before Charles I lost his head.

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...thanks, Viking, for the additional information. I didn't make the connection of "little Dennis" with Pendennis Castle. My.....how mention of that reminds of reading the Bolitho books. :lol:

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