On this day in 1910…

… James Stevens wrote in his Diary…

The fleet in Penzance Bay, 193, their crews numbering from 25,000 to 30,000 men. Each day they will require about 20,000 lbs of meat, 20,000 of bread and 50,000 of vegetables. (Thursday 21st July 1910)

But things didn’t go quite to plan, as James reported a few days later… 

The fleet that I wrote above about intended to stay till Thursday and the King was coming to Mounts Bay to inspect them, but the wind was so strong yesterday and Saturday evening that they were dragging their anchors and likely to get damaged, and they all left Saturday evening and yesterday leaving Penzance shopkeepers with a lot of provisions in hand that they had provided for them. They are gone to Torbay where the King will inspect them. (Monday 25th July 1910)

The King was George V, who had been crowned on 6th May of that year. 

So the shopkeepers of Cornwall lost out to the shopkeepers of Devon!

I’ve found more info on this website

Author: Ann - Editor of James Stevens's Cornish Diary

My interest in family history began in 2010 and eventually led to the discovery of my Cornish ancestors. One of these was my Great-great-grandmother's sister, Honor Stevens, and her husband, James. Having read a copy of his published Diary I realised how useful it could be to other family and local history enthusiasts, so I spent the next few years re-transcribing it and producing a PDF version. I finished the transcription in August 2016, although it's clear it's going to be a continuing project as I add more background information. As I live about 5 hours drive from Cornwall, I'm able to holiday in the beautiful County of Kernow (or should that be Country!) at least once a year, visiting and photographing the places connected with the Stevens family. I've also been lucky to have the support of direct descendants of James & Honor, as well as local residents and organisations, who have helped with information and photos.

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