Sir Francis Drake, From The Original Portrait Belonging To The Corporation
Medium: Photographic print
Portrait of English navigator and explorer Sir Francis Drake, "a Plymouthian by adoption, and almost one by birth, whom Camden calls 'without dispute the greatest captain of the age;' and who is unquestionably the central figure of the sea life of these times. A kinsman of Hawkins, he was associated with him in several daring enterprises...He became Mayor of Plymouth, and like Hawkins represented the town in Parliament. Moreover he united to his sea skill and powers the qualifications, rare in those days, of a civil engineer, as the Plymouth leat, a work worthy to be ranked with Sir Hugh Middleton's New River, can testify. The esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries, and especially by fellow west countrymen, seems to have been unbounded...During the year of his Mayoralty, 1582, Sir Francis set up a compass on the Hoe, which was repaired in 1672, and was still in existence in 1730."
Text by Richard Nicholls Worth from the book 'History of Plymouth'