Francis Drake

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true, because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely. Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wilder seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.” – Sir Francis Drake Sir Francis Drake is a vivid role model for a bold and ambitious adventurer. An English sea captain, privateer, navigator and politician of the Elizabethan era, Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. His incursion into the Pacific also initiated an era of privateering and piracy against the Spanish on the western coast of the Americas. He was second-in-command of the English fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. The most renowned British seaman of his time, Drake was awarded knighthood in 1581 by Elizabeth I.