St Mary's Island (UK) is the most populous and largest of Isles of Scilly - archipelago located off Cornwall's southwest coast (mainland England). The island covers a total area of approx 7 km2 (3 mi2), or around 40% of Scilly Islands total land area, and has population around 2,000.
Coastguard's Lookout Tower (also popular as Telegraph Tower) was used for broadcasting by Radio Scilly. Dating back from 1803, it was among three gun towers constructed on St Mary's Island by Major Daniel Lyman. The towers were intended to accommodate up to 10 men and mount at the top 32-pounder carronade. At this tower in about 1898 electrical engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) heard wireless signals that were transmitted from Porthcurno, which is a 30-mile distance.
Harry's Walls are remains of unfinished artillery castle located on a hilltop that is to the north-east of Hugh Town. In 1551 it was begun as part of a main phase of fortification on Isles of Scilly to counter threats from the French. The castle was left unfinished as the site was considered to be unsuitable.
A famous Iron Age cliff castle, Giant's Castle is situated on the coastal path between Porth Hellick Bay and the airfield. Star Castle lies at the centre of fortification system around St Mary’s west side popular as the Garrison. The castle's walls take the shape of an 8-pointed star. Star Castle was constructed in 1593 by Robert Adams, Surveyor of Royal Works and mapmaker (1540–1595), under the directions of Francis Godolphin, following the 1588 Spanish Armada. In May 1593, fearing another Spanish invasion, Queen Elizabeth I ordered the building of a fort and a pair of sconces as a lookout for intruder vessels. Currently, Star Castle is a hotel.
Porthellick Cove has a memorial to mark the site where Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's body (1650-1707) was washed ashore following Scilly naval disaster in 1707. This was one of the worst maritime disasters in the history of Britain, when 4 ships (Association, Eagle, Firebrand and Romney) with around 2,000 sailors were lost.
St Mary's Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to St Mary's Island dock (anchor) at Hugh Town (St Mary's Harbour) on the western coast.
Port St Mary's Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from St Mary's Island, Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|13 April, 2022|