John Davis

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Reference WMO/276000


Cole's Court/The Quay




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Raised
  • 17th Century Wars
About the memorial: Blue plaque erected by Dartmouth Town Council and the Dartmouth and Kingswear Society. Sandridge is an estate on the River Dart three miles upstream near the village of Stoke Gabriel where he was baptised and married. The maritime memorials website misleadingly gives the location as near the Lower Ferry. It is round two corners from the Lower Ferry landing on the Dartmouth side and not visible from there. As a blue plaque and the wording which is more biographical and the cause of death this is NOT really a WAR memorial according to the definitions.
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'John Davis, 1550-1605 Born at Sandridge on the Dart, he made three Arctic voyages in 1585/7 to find a north-west passage to China and discovered the Davis Strait. He invented the Davis quadrant and backstaff. He sighted the Falkland Islands in 1592. Later he was pilot to the East India Co. and in 1605 was killed by pirates off Sumatra.'

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