Monday, March 19, 2007


Probblehem to go into second edition

Heard that the Probblehem, the first book about our adventures in Bowen Cove, sold out again last week. So rather than another reprint it's going into a second edition with a new spanky bright cover. Still tells the story of how Plug found Sydney the Smuggler in a drawer in his grandparents cottage and met up with us smugglers back in Queen Anne's time.

Friday, March 09, 2007


Smuggling in the Storms

Had some interesting landings last week, what with those storms and everything. Thing is, the Revenue Cutter won't go out in that weather, which means we do. Almost lost The Windycutts down at Mupe Bay. Lot of rocks there and she got blown right in. Bit of damage but we managed to anchor her up. Quite a job getting the cargo off though. Ever tried rowing a boat in a gale and five foot waves? Sometimes wonder why I do it. I don't even drink brandy! Don't want to leave Isabel without a Dad. Or me without a me, come to that. I think it's just the excitement after you've been mending boots all day!

the windycutts

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Monday, February 19, 2007


Purbeck Quarrymen help us Smugglers

The local Purbeck quarries are a gift for us West Country smugglers. Much of the stone is moved on by by sea. With all the boats to-ing and fro-ing the Excisemen don't notice an extra ship or two berthing alongside the stone ships. The quarries have a maze of passages and trenches, and if you're being chased you can dart down a tunnel and soon be hidden behind a pile of rubble, or a slab waiting to be dressed. The quarrymen are rewarded for helping us out...if you get my drift!


Wednesday, August 23, 2006



This is me at work. Sorry about the back view, but can't really afford to show my face.


The Windycutts

The Windycutts is a smuggling lugger which features in Ged Duncan's latest Puzzling Smuggling children's novel. Sydney the Smuggler and Plug battle stormy seas and Customs men to bring back a secret cargo. But they are baffled when they discover what the cargo is.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Saved by the Bladder

"A woman of the name of Maclane, residing at Gosport, accustomed to supply the crew of Queen Charlotte with slops went out in a wherry to Spithead, when a sudden squall coming on, the boat sank; the watermen were drowned, but the life of the woman was providentially saved, by being buoyed up with a quantity of bladders, which had been secreted round her for the purpose of smuggling liquor into the ship, until she was picked up by the boat of a transport lying near."

Hampshire Chronicle of March 25th 1799


Wednesday, December 28, 2005


King of Prussia

Perhaps most famous smugglers in Cornwall were the Carter family of Prussia Cove, where John the eldest son, because of his admiration for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, named the cove after him. His activities were notorious; he set up a small battery of cannons on the cliffs and used them on one occasion to fire upon the revenue cutter "Faery" when it got too close. Two years earlier, in 1801, he intercepted the revenue cutter "Brilliant" as she made for Penzance with contraband previously recovered from his operations. Fearing the displeasure of his customers, he bearded the boat, recovered his property, and returned the goods to them.

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