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Each day we offer you at least one different Fact of the Day, which is usually Pirate orientated:
Fact of the Day:-

The Golden Hind (or Golden Hinde) was an English galleon best known for its global circumnavigation between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as the Pelican, but was later renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1577, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling it the Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose armorial crest was a golden 'hind' (the heraldic term for a female deer). Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake's world voyage.


Fact of the Day:-

Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, in February or March of 1540. He was the eldest of the twelve sons of Edmund Drake (1518–1585), a Protestant farmer who later became a preacher, and his wife Mary Mylwaye.


Fact of the Day:-

Queen Anne's Revenge was the name of the pirate Blackbeard's infamous flagship, used by him for less than a year but an effective tool in his prize taking. It was said to have gone aground in 1718 in Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina.

In late 1996, a private contractor working for the state of North Carolina in marine recovery, discovered the remains of a vessel there which is believed to be Queen Anne's Revenge.



On This Date In History
13th December in 1721:- Alexander Selkirk, born Alexander Selcraig, died. A Scottish sailor who spent over four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island, it is probable that his travails provided the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe. He was immortalised by the poet William Cowper in his poem The Solitude Of Alexander Selkirk, which gave rise to the common phrase, monarch of all I survey. According to the ship's log, Selkirk died at 8 p.m. while serving as a lieutenant on board the Royal ship Weymouth. He probably succumbed to the yellow fever which had devastated the voyage. He was buried at sea off the west coast of Africa.