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Photographer's Note

Those of you that are familiar with my gallery may recall that in a recent shot 'Anticipation' I showed some SAILGP catamarans sailing on Plymouth Sound, and in the background was Drake's Island.
This shot is looking from Drake's Island towards the Hoe.

If you look in a new tab, you will see Smeaton's Tower on the Hoe, the red and white lighthouse that is special to Plymouth.
I was fortunate the week before the sailing event to have a guided tour around the island.

We travelled on a boat to the island from the Barbican,
Fortunately it was a beautiful day.

"Situated in Plymouth Sound between Plymouth and the Cornish Coast, the island started life some 400 million years ago as the fossilised remains of marine creatures which became Devonian Limestone.

The reign of Henry I saw the first mention of a building, a chapel, on the island in 1135. The island gained importance as a strategic defensive point in defending Plymouth when Henry VIII developed the English cannon industry which gave guns the range and power to sink enemy ships.

The island's first recorded name was St Michael's, after the chapel erected on it. Then the chapel was re-dedicated to St Nicholas and the island adopted the same name.
There is a little confusion as to how it eventually became known as Drake's Island.

The island is actually quite small, only 6.5 acres (2.6 hectares)

(Information from 'historyofdrakesisland.co.uk' an excellent website if you want to know more; and Wikipedia.)


Two more pictures in the w/s.
Thanks for looking.

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