Royal Visit, Plymouth, Drake 400

Drake 400, anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada

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 By Gordon Frickers 61 x 91 cms (24″  x  36″), Oils on canvas, Commissioned by and owned by the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club. You can see this painting in the Member’s Lounge.

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Commissioned by the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club committee steered by the then Commodore, Captain Paul Willerton to commemorate the club as it then was, for future generations.

This is one of the two Gordon Frickers paintings owned by and on display in the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club club members private bar.

This painting is a scene witnessed by the artist, my thanks to the Cattewater Harbour Master Tony Dyer.

The Visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth II to Plymouth, Her Royal highness is show here on her way to a dinner in the Naval Dockyard, Devonport.

The occasion was the commemoration of the defeat of a serious threat of invasion, the most powerful fleet assembled to that date, know in English history as “The Spanish Armada” defeated by the gallant sailors of Queen Elizabeth the first lead by men of Devon, the now known collectively as the legendary ‘Sea Dogs‘.

They included Hawkins, Drake, Raleigh, Frobisher and many more.

The Spanish called them “dogs, pirates“; so they proudly adopted the insult to call themselves ‘Sea Dogs’

Queen Elizabeth the first’s fleet was based in Plymouth anchored on the Cattewater, lead by Plymouth men who made up a high proportion of the crew members.

For some years I lived near by, taught my children to sail on that historic water, and kept a yacht moored on the very same piece of water.

The Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club was much involved in the anniversary, ‘Drake 400’, of the defeat of the Spanish Armada including hosting most convivially an other special guest, the Spanish Ambassador.

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