17 Aug 2008

I recently did a Google search for “Gribbin”, as I sometimes do to see if there is anything new, and found several interesting results for “Gribbin Head”.

If you have more information about any of the ones I’ve listed or any I’ve missed, please send it to me using the Contact form.

Gribbin Head was built in 1832 on the Southwest coast of Cornwall, England. I’ve known of Gribbin Head for some time and find myself always intrigued by the big red-and-white stripes.

This information came from Google Earth Community: Gribbin Head, Daymark Tower.

Gribbin Head is a gentle green headland referred to locally as “The Gribbin”.

The headland is topped by the red-and-white striped Daymark Tower which was erected in 1832 as a safety measure.

It seems that sailors often mistook Gribbin Head for St. Anthony’s Head at the entrance of Falmouth Estuary.

Many accidents resulted from the confusion until the Daymark Tower was built to distinguish the two headlands.


This magnificent picture can be found at: Gribbin Daymark


I found this very nice long distance photo of Gribbin Head at Gribbin Head lighthouse photo – Chris Morton photos at pbase.com


One of the new Google finds is this very nice water color that can be found at: The Red Shoes: Gribbin Head.

Gribbin Head

The last sketch from my birthday trip, Gribbin Head from Polridmouth. Gribbin Head is a daymark, we used to play up there by the big stripy building, it is the marker for childhood summer holidays. You can see it for miles, coming into Cornwall down one of the big roads, when Gribbin Head is seen the distance it means “coming home.”


This image came from MaritimeDigital Archive Encyclopedia. The name of the Vessel is “Gribbin Head”. If you click on the image you will see a much larger version that shows the name painted on the bow.

The only information listed is “British Vessel – Tug”.

I did find a little more about her at: GRIBBEN HEAD

Following the success of the CAEDMON CROSS (1954) the Sister ship INGLEBY CROSS was built by the same shipyard. She left the Clyde for sea-trials in October of that year, which were completed shortly after, and the tug was handed-over to the new owners, Messre William Crosthwaite & Son, for ship handling at Middlesborough. These boats served together for the next 13 years until the Ingleby was sold to Fowey Harbor Commissioners in June ‘68, and renamed the GRIBBIN HEAD.

If anyone knows more about her, please let me know.


I found this website which has 18 images of Gribbin Head taken from all points of view: Gribbin Head, Near Fowey, Mid Cornwall


Here is a website with a profile of the Gribbin Head – Polperro Heritage Coast in Cornwall, England – along with contact information, maps, and other countryside attractions: Gribbin Head-Polperro Heritage Coast


And lastly for now, if you can’t visit Gribbin Head, build your own. Find the instructions at: Gribbin Head Daymark

4 Responses to Gribbin Head
  1. Just returned home from a trip to the UK with my family. While visiting St Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall I was studying an old map in the castle from the 1740’s and it named the current Gribbin Head as Greber Head. Does anyone know when it was renamed Gribbin?

  2. The legend of gribbin head states that this was the place where a gribbin was hung for piracy. Also at one time when you looked on the map you would see gribbin head and a few miles further down was little gribbin. I have noticed on latest maps that this place is no longer shown. Why, I have no idea.

  3. the history of the tug gribbin head is on the fowey harbor website http://www.foweyharbour.co.uk. present pilot cutter is called gribbin. am re writing the tugs history.

    best regards
    mike sutherland
    recently retired fowey harbour master

  4. Edward John Gribbin January 1, 2012 at 7:38 am Reply

    Tried to find the history of “tug gribbin head” on the fowly harbor website – would be interested in reading the tugs history when Mike Sutherland has it written up. Do I understand that the tug is called gribbin and does he have any information on Gribbin Head and how it may have been named. Acknowledge question by Graeme and the answer suggested by John Gribbin. During the 1980’s I noticed when driving in England this place called Gribbin Head and felt quite honoured that it was spelled (i) with a dot, as at that time – pre internet certainly from where I stand Gribbin was quite an isolated name. It is my intention to sometime visit the area and walk the route. I hope to take in Gribbin Head and now that I know about it, “Little Gribbin” as well; may there be many many little Gribbin’s to carry that name forward in honour, in it’s greatness:

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