NEWLYN HARBOUR, Cornwall. The coastguard and others collect water in pails from a water carrier on Newlyn harbour. Fishing boats are moored behind them. Photographed in 1907 bys W A Newton for Alfred Newton and Son
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EDITORS COMMENTS This photo print, titled "Water carrier, Newlyn Harbour, " takes us back to the charming coastal town of Newlyn in Cornwall during the Edwardian era. The image showcases a slice of everyday life as we witness a group of maritime individuals collecting water from a water carrier on the bustling harbour. In this snapshot frozen in time by photographer W A Newton for Alfred Newton and Son in 1907, we see children and adults alike diligently filling their pails with fresh water. Their animated expressions reveal the importance of this task for both domestic use and perhaps even onboard fishing boats moored behind them. The quaint charm of Newlyn's harbor is further accentuated by the presence of these traditional fishing vessels gently swaying with the ebb and flow of the tide. This scene evokes nostalgia for simpler times when communities relied on each other's support to sustain their livelihoods. As we gaze upon this historic photograph, it transports us to an era where childhood memories were shaped against a backdrop that seamlessly blended land and sea. It serves as a reminder that even mundane tasks like fetching water held great significance within close-knit maritime communities such as Newlyn. S W A Newton's remarkable capture allows us to appreciate not only the beauty but also the interconnectedness between people, boats, nature, and daily routines that defined life in early 20th-century Cornwall.
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