Wednesday, March 08, 2006

New Albion


S WIND 30 TO 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 45 KT.
COMBINED SEAS 13 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS...
BUILDING TO 16 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON.
W WIND 25 TO 30 KT.
COMBINED SEAS BUILDING TO 23 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 11 SECONDS.

This small cove, approximately one-third of a mile (0.5 km) in diameter, is located on the Oregon coast. A portion of the cove is protected as part of a State Park.

In 1978, British amateur historian Bob Ward proposed that the Cove was the location where Francis Drake spent the summer of 1579 during his circumnavigation of the globe by sea. The exact location of Drake's landing spot, at which he claimed a portion of the west coast of North America as "New Albion", has long been a mystery. It is usually assumed to be in northern California on the coast of Marin County.

Ward proposed that this Oregon cove as the actual spot of Drake's landing based on its similarity to a 16th century map made by Jodocus Hondius. Ward theorized that Drake may have conspired with Queen Elizabeth I to mislead the Spanish about the true location to keep the Spanish from discovering Puget Sound, which Ward believes Drake thought was the Northwest Passage.

One longstanding puzzling feature of the Hondius map is the small island on the peninsula protecting the cove. According to Ward, a portion of the peninsula protecting the cove is submerged at high tide creating a similar island.

2 comments:

Chum said...

Where the hell is that cove? I better go check the coastline on google earth....

foul pete said...

I have driven past that spot many times wondering whether it gets a surfable wave in otherwise stormy conditions. Thanks for the history lesson.