Archive Results For: Francis Drake

The Trial and Death of Thomas Doughty

By Gregory Robinson

Robinson makes it very clear he is no fan of Sir Francis Drake and that in his view he was not only elevated to the level of a national hero but also to virtually a saint. With the Reformation banning saints and relics substitutes were needed and Drake fulfilled the role. Robinson then deals in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Drake and his Detractors Part III

By Geoffrey Callender

In this third paper, the author considers the process of Doughty’s trial. Although Doughty pleaded guilty to the charges, he offered in his defence (or mitigation), the fact that he had supported Drake, found him influential friends at Court, and planned and financed the voyage. Drake was able to produce counter-evidence, and the jury, finding […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Mutiny & Discipline | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Drake and his Detractors Part II

By Geoffrey Callender

In the second of this series the author considers another of Drake’s detractors, John Cooke. Drake’s crews included a significant number of young noblemen to prepare them for naval command, and Cooke was one of these. Cooke’s account of Drakes voyage only records the first, fractious section as his ship, Elizabeth, turned back after the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Mutiny & Discipline | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Drake and His Detractors Part I

By Geoffrey Callender

This paper is a response to Robinson’s ‘A Forgotten Life of Francis Drake’ in MM 1921/1, particularly the criticism of its author, and the execution of Thomas Doughty on a number of charges including theft from a prize and brutality. He suggests that the criticism of Drake is based only on the evidence of two […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Mutiny & Discipline | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

A Forgotten Life of Sir Francis Drake

By Gregory Robinson

In this paper the author reviews some of the current literature relating to Francis Drake, highlighting the fact that most histories tell only that half of his story, reflecting his role at Cadiz and in the Armada. The paper reminds us that there was another side to Drake: the plunderer of undefended towns in Spanish […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

Early Naval Ordnance

By W.G. Perrin

This article transcribes information gleaned from a document dated 17th July 1585, in which Francis Drake lists the ordnance and ordnance stores received to equip the ships Bonaventure and Aid. Charts itemize the numbers and weight of guns for each ship, and the ordnance stores for each, listing stores both by the type of cannon […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | The Armada
Subjects include: Logistics | Navies | Weapons

Note: Dictionary Words

By E du Boulay

Du Boulay provides a number of nautical words taken from a “Collection of Voyages and Travels”, which was published in 1745. The words had been used by Sir Francis Drake in his diary of his voyage to the Pacific in 1577 and from the records of the first Dutch vessels to sail to the East […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

An Atlas of Drake’s Last Voyage

By Jules Sottas

A manuscript atlas illustrating Drake’s last voyage (1595–6) is preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris. It consists of 23 plates each containing one or more profiles of the coast seen from the sea drawn by someone aboard Drake’s flagship Defiance. All but six plates include a drawing of a galleon marking the position at […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Francis Drake | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Science & Exploration

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