Sir Francis Drake
Born 1540
Died 27th January 1596

Explorer and Privateer

Plaque Location

Junction of Foreshore
and Deptford Strand

Further Information

Inscription Reads :
Sir Francis Drake
In 1581 Queen Elizabeth I commanded that Francis Drake’s ship the Golden Hind be drawn into a creek
Near here at Deptford as a perpetual memorial for having ‘circuited round about the whole earth’.
On 4th April 1581, she banqueted on board the Golden Hind and ‘consecrated it with great ceremonie,
pompe and magnificence eternally to be remembered’ and forthwith knighted Drake on his ship in
recognition of the honour that he had brought to England by his discoveries and circumnavigation in the
years 1577-1580. His achievements included discovery of open sea from Atlantic to Pacific below South
America ; opening of English trade in the far east; and claim to the western region of North America for
England, naming it Nova Albion (New England) and thereby linking it with claims to the east coast and
encouraging subsequent colonization of the eastern seaboard. Drake’s voyage fostered the principle
expressed by the queen ‘That the vse of the sea as of the ayre is common to all, and that the publique
necessitie permits not it should be possessed’. Presented by The Drake Navigators Guild, California
Quadricentenniel, 4th April 1981