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Bodinnick Car Ferry - A Near Mishap - September 1982

Photographs  John H. Luxton 1982

Back in 1982 the C. Toms & Sons Bodinnick Car Ferry which operates across the River Fowey linking Fowey with Bodinnick was operated by launch propelled pontoons rather than by the conventional self powered vessel JENACK which is used today.

In the first two scene you can see recorded a near miss between the ferry approaching the Bodinnick Slipway and a sailing dinghy which has drifted into its path. Some very smart work from the ferry boatman avoided a collision with about a metre to spare as can be seen in the second photo. The collection of now classic Ford and Vauxhall cars visible in the first two photos are also noteworthy. Your webmaster is fairly certain that this was his first ever car ferry crossing as a driver having only passed his own driving test around six weeks previously!

The second pair of photographs were taken by your web master from a self drive motorboat hired from the quayside at Fowey which enabled one to sail up river and view the ships at the Fowey China Clay berths adjacent to the old GWR Station. Camera: Contax 139 SLR, Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7 Planar lens, Agfa CT 21 film.


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