Where did Drake Careen the Golden Hind in June/July 1579? A Mariner’s Assessment

By Sir Simon Cassels, published August 2003


Credit: www.goldenhinde.co.uk/

In June 1579, the treasure-laden Golden Hind was off the Pacific coast of North America. The article reassess how far north Drake sailed and where he prepared his ship for a Pacific crossing. Off Foulweather Cape, cold and foggy weather forced a return southwards in search of a harbour. The author argues, with maps and photographs, that Drakes Bay, east of Point Reyes at 38°N is the careenage. The evidence considered includes alternatives, landscape descriptions, off-lying islands, climatology, astrolabe accuracy and Chinese ceramics.

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Filed under: Tudors | Pacific
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

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