by tocle on May 10th, 2013 - Comments Off
Three cruise ships get the Falmouth cruise season started and a special treat was waiting for the passengers – the majesty of a horse-drawn double-decker omnibus.
Over the early May Bank Holiday weekend the cruise ships Island Sky (5 May), Discovery (6 May) and Emerald Princess (7 May) visited Falmouth with a combined total of 3,930 passengers, many of whom took a leisurely ride onboard the only carriage of its kind in use in the UK, led by shire horses George and Ringo. The omnibus has iron-shod wheels and takes up to 18 passengers at a time and is an original item that dates back to 1860 where it started life as a horse-drawn tram in Southampton docks.
Dozens of more contemporary coaches were seen leaving the Port going in various directions taking passengers to a variety of Cornish attractions.