Two plaques on the same monument make up this marker.June 17, 1579
This cove is believed by many scholars to be the site of Sir Francis Drake's California Harbor, where he careened the Golden Hinde to repair a leak received at sea and replenished his ship from 17 June to 25 July 1579.
He made camp ashore, and from the surrounding hills the local Indians observed the Englishmen and descended to establish friendly contact. When his work was nearly completed, he made a journey "up the land" where he found the inland "farre different from the shoare, a goodly country?."
Before departing to complete his circumnavigation of the world, he erected a monument of a "great and firm post" with a plate of brass to claim the land for Queen Elizabeth I, naming it Nova Albion for the white cliffs "which lie toward the sea."
Landed in this cove and here repaired his ship
the Golden Hinde
Drake named this land Nova Albion and
took possession for Queen Elizabeth
commemorating Drake's landing was
presented to the
Drake Navigators Guild
by H.M.S. Drake
Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport, England
and dedicated June, 20, 1954 by
Sir Robert Hadow, H.B.M. Consul General
as a memorial to Francis Drake and other
early navigators to our Coast