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The 'Fine Figure of a man' is Sir Francis Drake.

An English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, pirate, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era.

He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, 1577 - 1580, and the second ever to complete the circumnavigation. It was also a secret pirate mission sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth I against the Spanish.
He was a privateer, which meant that he was given permission by the crown to raid enemy ships and cargoes.

He discovered that Tierra del Fuego was not another continent as Europeans believed, but instead a group of islands. This meant that ships could sail between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans around the bottom of South America. (Later known as the Cape Horn route.)

He was buried at sea off the coast of Portobelo, Panama.
He died form dysentery on 28th January 1596, during a sea voyage. Buried in a lead coffin, dressed in a full suit of armour.
Numerous dives have tried unsuccessfully to locate the coffin.

This statue stands on Plymouth Hoe with Sir Francis looking out to sea across Plymouth Sound.
There is a plaster version of this statue at Buckland Abbey, once Drake's home, and you get a real impression of the size of the statue as you are able to stand next to it.

Thanks for looking, one alternative view in the workshop.

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