Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round The
by Francis Pretty, One of Drake's Gentlemen at arms.
The Famous Voyage of Sir Francis Drake into the South Sea, and therehence about the
whole Globe of the Earth, begun in the year of our Lord 1577.
The 15. day of November, in the year of our Lord 1577, Master Francis Drake, with a
fleet of five ships and barks,
and to the number of 164 men, gentlemen and sailors,
departed from Plymouth, giving out his pretended voyage for Alexandria. But the wind
falling contrary, he was forced the next morning to put into Falmouth Haven, in
Cornwall, where such and so terrible a tempest took us, as few men have seen the like,
and was indeed so vehement that all our ships were like to have gone to wrack. But it
pleased God to preserve us from that extremity, and to afflict us only for that present with
these two particulars: the mast of our Admiral, which was the Pelican, was cut overboard
for the safeguard of the ship, and the Marigold was driven ashore, and somewhat bruised.
For the repairing of which damages we returned again to Plymouth; and having recovered
those harms, and brought the ships again to good state, we set forth the second time from
Plymouth, and set sail the 13. day of December following.
[Footnote 1: The Pelican, 120 tons, commanded by Drake; the Elizabeth, a new
Deptfordbuilt ship of 80 tons, commanded by Winter, with her pinnace, the Benedict; the
Marigold, of 30 tons; and the Swan, a fly-boat of 50 tons.]
The 25. day of the same month we fell with the Cape Cantin, upon the coast of Barbary;
and coasting along, the 27. day we found an island called Mogador, lying one mile distant
from the main. Between which island and the main we found a very good and safe
harbour for our ships to ride in, as also very good entrance, and void of any danger. On
this island our General erected a pinnace, whereof he brought out of England with him
four already framed. While these things were in doing, there came to the water's side
some of the inhabitants of the country, shewing forth their flags of truce; which being
seen of our General, he sent his ship's boat to the shore to know what they would. They
being willing to come aboard, our men left there one man of our company for a pledge,
and brought two of theirs aboard our ship; which by signs shewed our General that the
next day they would bring some provision, as sheep, capons, and hens, and such like.
Whereupon our General bestowed amongst them some linen cloth and shoes, and a
javelin, which theo very joyfully received, and departed for that time. The next morning
they failed not to come again to the water's side. And our General again setting out our
boat, one of our men leaping over-rashly ashore, and offering friendly to embrace them,
they set violent hands on him, offering a dagger to his throat if he had made any
resistance; and so laying him on a horse carried him away. So that a man cannot be too