Golden Hinde further reading

Drake, The Golden Hinde, points not covered in most histories:

Francis Drake the explorer, discoverer, sailing Golden Hinde during the storm after the passage of Magellan’s Straits, Drake discovered the tip of South America.

Drake's Golden Hinde

Drake’s Golden Hinde

If you look at a chart you will see that to this day the passage around Cape Horn is named Drake’s Passage in Drake’s honour.

2. “Time to finish the game’ and still beat the Spaniards“.

The narrator has obviously not done his home work or sailed on Plymouth Sound.

Plymouth Hoe from Mt Batten

Plymouth Hoe from Mt Batten

I’ve sailed and raced on Plymouth Sound to many times to remember, often won races in part by knowing the complex currents of the Sound, and kept an engineless yacht on a mooring on the Cattewater where the English fleet awaited the Spanish Armada.

Cattewater and Mt Batten

Cattewater and Mt Batten

I have also checked the tide times thanks to Captain Paul Willerton of Plymouth Uni, at Plymouth Planetarium.

At the time the Armada news arrived at Plymouth the tide was flooding & according to original accounts there was no wind.

Given that, there was no chance of the English fleet leaving Plymouth Cattewater until the tide turned which is what happened.

Drake was a Plymouth man with many friends in the town.

Where better to be on a calm sunny day than hard by the old town on Plymouth Hoe for a game of bowls with ship mates and with fine views of Plymouth Catteware were the fleet lay, The Sound and open ocean beyond?

Thus there would indeed have been “time to finish the game and still beat the Spanish” so that legendary story, so typical of Drake, is likely true.

GoldenHinde Replica Famouth July 1982, author's photo

Golden Hinde Replica, Famouth July 1982, author’s photo

 

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