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Friday, June 26, 2009


So many famous ships and captains have set sail from this port. Of course the Mayflower is the best known and this inscription can be found on the Mayflower Steps. Other ships commemorated at the spot are The Sea Venture 1609, and the Tory 1839 which set off to colonise New Zealand.

Our hotel faced the Hoe which is the patch of grass (now extended to a public green) where Drake played his game of bowls before taking on the Armarda. The Hoe houses a Naval memorial which is flanked by a sculpture of Neptune, and the rebuilt Eddystone Lighthouse which stands as a testament to engineering.