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Ross Bridge

Picture dated 1909; The Ross Bridge was a second hand railway turntable and was erected here in 1881.
On Wharf Road viaduct is the Borough steam roller; in the outer roads is the sailing ship Leon Bureau, being towed to harbour.

Ross Bridge, named after a Middlesex man that made Penzance his home



Charles Campbell Ross
was born London 25th February 1849; he married Isabel Emily widow of Reverend J J Carne 22nd September 1870 at Penzance.
{This and the following are from contemporary writings and not culled from the internet.}
He was educated at Brighton college, Trinity college, Cambridge;
he entered Penzance Bank [Batten, Carne and Carne], becoming senior partner in 1875;
it was he that established the branches in St Ives and Plymouth.
Entered Town Council 1st Nov 1875, Alderman 9 November 1880, Mayor 1877, 1878, 1879, 1883.
He owned seine and house property in St Ives; MP St Ives 11th April 1881, Seated at House of Commons 25th April 1881;
JP for Cornwall 5th April 1882; first speech at Parliament Cruelty to Animals Bill 7th March 1883;
On the Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1883;
He wrote the Appeal for the fishermen of Mount's Bay in the aftermath of the Storm of the 8th October 1880.


(Samuel Pidwell died in 1854 and his Morrab House and gardens were later bought by Charles Campbell Ross,
then ending up in the hands of Mr T King of Clarence Street,
it was sold then as a pleasure grounds for the public, in 1888 and opened 27th September 1889).

Raymond Forward
Leon Bureau, a 1902 Cape Horn ship from Nantes; despite all the fine crew and masterful ship design, fell foul of The Isles of Scilly and her rocks in a fog; she was on her way from Adelaide to falmouth, carrying wheat, when she struck the rock towards night June 21st 1909, when she then became water logged, as she was holed. She had been built in 1902 by Louis Bureau and Son of Dubigeon, France. She had three masts and was 2,700 tons; 79.75 m length, 11.86 m breadth, 6.84 m depth of hold.
 
Notes added above on the reason for the name Ross Bridge ... Charles Campbell Ross.
 

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