Webcam fitted to ferry crossing

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St Mawes Ferry

The St Mawes Ferry Company has fitted a live webcam to one of its ferries, the Duchess of Cornwall, which runs all year round between St Mawes and Falmouth.

Mounted in the Duchess’ wheelhouse the webcam uses 3G mobile technology to upload an image every 10 seconds on to the ferry’s website.

Once online visitors will see a picture of the 120 year-old route looking forwards over the ferry’s foredeck.

Toby Budd, from the Ferry Company, said: ”We had already tested the technology in the summer with the ‘Cow Cam’ on our Jacks Cow when we moved it around the river.

“After the cow was sold we decided to fit the webcam to the Duchess and already it has proven very popular with people checking that the ferry is running, as well as just taking a look to see the view, stormy days are often the busiest.”

Paul Harry from Falmouthphotos.com, who installed the webcam, said: ”This has been a really fun project, normally webcams require broadband and so it took quite a bit of development to get the mobile element working.

“We are now looking at other webcams, mobile and fixed, that we can install around the river in addition to the cameras already installed at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and on Gyllyngvase Beach.”