Dredging Fowey Harbour has been an important part of providing the deep water for ships to enter and use the port for the loading of China Clay.
There was a bar extending from Penleath Point to Town quay which restricted the depth of vessels using the port and since the early 1900's to the present dredging has taken place to maintain a deep harbour and berths.Today the channel is maintained at 7 metres below chart datum and vessels up to 8.5 metres can sta afloat at all states of the tide whilst loading.
Work is progressing to detail the history of dredging including some of the craft used for this purpose. This will be added to the history as soon as it is completed.
To start with the history off the story of the Lantic Bay is included.