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Bulk Sun at Charlestown - August 23, 1983

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

Despite its tortuous entrance, back in the 1980s Charlestown, near St. Austell on the south Cornish coast was still very much a busy working china clay exporting port. Though its role as a film set was already under development by both feature film and TV producers. By 1983 when this photograph has been taken Charlestown had appeared in BBC TV's Poldark, Onedin Line and the WWII feature film "The Eagle Has Landed" to name but some; since 1983 the port's screen role has developed further but the china clay trade is no more.

In this view taken on a glorious summer's day, and with a fair bit of white clay dust around, the coaster BULK SUN is seen in the dock. Lorries delivered the china clay to the dockside chutes visible in the photos and emptied their cargo into the ship's holds with some of the dry powered clay coating the quayside. Your web master has not been able to trace the fate of BULK SUN but presumably she has long since been recycled. Camera: Contax 139 SLR, Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7 Planar lens, Agfa CT 21 film.

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