SUN 8TH DEC 2019


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Newmans Cruises

Business Address: Newmans Cruises, Trelissick Garden, Feock, Truro, Cornwall

Country: England,

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About Newmans Cruises

The Newman Family has been involved with pleasure boating and the carrying of passengers for nearly eighty years in Cornwall. 

The business was begun by Rhos’s grandfather when he moved from Mylor Creek, near Falmouth, up river to the thatched waterside cottage at Tolverne, on the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall. Like many businesses it started in a small way with a launch called the “Mystery”.  Tolverne had a long history as a ferry crossing and a place where refreshments and cream teas were served which Rhos’s grandmother continued to do, as his mother did after her.

Rhos’s grandfather Rodney built up the business buying another boat, the “Lizard” which he used for servicing the laid up shipping on then River Fal and the Truro River, something that Newmans Cruises still do to the present day.

The Newmans involvement in the D-Day Preparations

With the outbreak of the second World War, Rhos’s Grandfather was involved with his boats, in work connected with the patrolling of the river and towing dummy barges and later when the Cottage was requisitioned in preparation of the D-Day Landings, in ferrying men to build two embarkation beaches in the river and ferrying American personnel around the various sites.

Post War

After the war the business increased with the purchase and fitting out of the 30 seater “Freelance” and a while later two ex-Admiralty launches capable of carrying 70 passengers each.  The business was beginning to get well established and was named “Newmans Launches”.  Rhos’s uncle George, after serving his time as a shipwright and his aunt Dorothy were involved with the business and a regular service was established between Truro and Falmouth incorporating private work and evening cruises.  With the expansion of tourism the family purchased the largest of Newmans Cruises boats, the 250 seater “Skylark of Tolverne”.  This twin screw vessel fitted with 2 Lister Blackstone diesel engines was noted for her speed and luxury and had a fully licensed bar for its passengers.

Rhos’s father Peter, keen to be involved, hired out self drive motor and rowing boats from Tolverne and continued taking visitors to various watering holes on evening cruises and also helping his mother with the catering.  Following the death of Rhos’s grandfather and later his uncle George the business was scaled back with some of the larger boats being sold to other ports.

The 2nd Generation

Peter carried on the family tradition running the passenger boats “Heather”, “Polgerran” and the 100 seater “Cornish Belle” which was built in the nearby village of Mevagissey.

Most Recently – The 3rd Generation

On leaving school and attending the Falmouth Marine College, Cornwall for 2 years on a boat building course and then 2 years at Penpol Boatyard, Rhos became the third generation of the business.  When his parents retired from Tolverne, the place where his father was born, Rhos moved, with his family, across the river to the present location and who knows the next generation who already have the love for boats and are the first ones waiting with their lifejackets on, to get out onto the river, may become the fourth generation of “Newmans Cruises”!

Our Boats Today

Newman’s Cruises present passenger boats are the 12 seater “Polgerran” and the 50 seater “Look Ahead II”.  Both these vessels were built by Blackmores of Bideford, Devon and are licensed by the local authority and the Maritime Coastguard Agency to carry passengers.  A smaller locally built 6 seater the “Buccaneer” is also part of “Newmans Cruises”.

Newmans Cruises would be delighted to elaborate on our history if you would like to come on one of our boat trips