Tosh Bawden driving Polruan Ferry

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our Ferry Foreman, Tosh, passed away last night.

Tosh had worked on Polruan Ferry for over 25 years and will be sorely missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Job Vacancy – Book Keeper

We are currently looking for an experienced book keeper to join our company.

This is a key role and we need someone who is used to all aspects of small business book keeping and staff payroll. A strong working knowledge of Sage accounting is essential.

We are looking for a confident individual with a ‘can do’ attitude and strong communication skills.  The successful candidate will work closely with the management team and our company accountant, help with the development of systems and reporting and support the continued growth of our business.

Salary negotiable.

For more information please call Karen Toms on 01726 870232 or 07727 225840 or email your CV to

Launch of Jane Slade Project

Jane Slade Project launch poster

We are excited to share some information about the launch of a project to build a new schooner based on the 19th century ship ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’.

The project is being started by Nikki Alford who owns Bessie Ellen, one of Britain’s last wooden coasting ketches, which has Fowey as her home port and Sean McLaughlin.

The original ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’ was built in Polruan by the Slade family at our boat yard in 1870 and operated as a successful fruit schooner. She was also the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s first novel ‘The Loving Spirit’.

The aim is to build a new schooner which will provide traditional sail training and maritime education whilst also carrying cargo and passengers. The new ‘Jane Slade of Polruan’ will be a community boat and a focus for people on the River Fowey and the St Austell Bay area.

There will be a community meeting on Sunday 5th February at the Russell Inn in Polruan between 12.00 and 16.00 to launch the project and Nikki and Sean are inviting everyone who is interested to pop in to hear about the plans and share their thoughts and ideas