Memorial: M1038

Statue on Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth depicting Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

M1038Large.jpg

Location

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, England

Transcript

'FRANCIS DRAKE SAILED FROM PLYMOUTH ON DECEMBER 13, 1577 TO / BEGIN THE 'FAMOUS VOYAGE' DURING WHICH HE TRAVERSED THE STRAIT / OF MAGELLAN AND DISCOVERED DRAKE PASSAGE SOUTH OF CAPE HORN. / DRAKE THEN SAILED THE GOLDEN HINDE NORTH AND IN JUNE 1579 / LANDED IN CALIFORNIA. hE TOOK POSSESSION OF THAT REGION FOR / QUEEN ELIZABETH NAMING IT NOVA ALBION. HE RETURNED TO PLYMOUTH / SEPTEMBER 26, 1580 HAVING CIRCUMNAVIGATED THE GLOBE. DRAKE / WAS KNIGHTED ABOARD THE GOLDEN HINDE AT DEPTFORD IN THE / PRESENCE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH ON APRIL 4 1581. / THIS PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED AUGUST 5, 1977 BY THE STATE OF / CALIFORNIA SIR FRANCIS DRAKE COMMISSION IN COMMEMORATION OF / THE QUADRICENTENNIAL OF DRAKE'S VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD.'

Details

Description: A full-length bronze figure standing beside a globe on a rectangular, granite plinth.
Type: Statue
Position: Plymouth Hoe
Materials: Bronze, granite plinth
Date Erected: 14/2/1884
Artists: Joseph Boehm

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Copy of the statue at Tavistock, Drake's birthplace (cast from the same mould). It is without the bas-reliefs on the base. The plaster studio model from which the two statues were cast, was discovered outdoors at Haldon Hill, south of Exeter where it had stood outside a tearooms. It was acquired by the National Trust in 2002 and is now at Buckland Abbey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *