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Sir Francis Drake scholars convene in Astoria

Researchers/historians gather at Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 31, 2018 12:01AM

The Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California met recently at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Pictured, from left, Richard Buchanan, California president, Sir Francis Drake Association; Phillip Costaggini, author of ‘Sir Francis Drake’s Northwest Exploration;’ Rock Steinbach, Portland historian; Garry Gitzen, Oregon president Sir Francis Drake Association; Jeff Smith, curator, Columbia River Maritime Museum; and Tom Mock, past president, Nehalem Valley Historical Society.

Sir Francis Drake Association

The Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California met recently at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Pictured, from left, Richard Buchanan, California president, Sir Francis Drake Association; Phillip Costaggini, author of ‘Sir Francis Drake’s Northwest Exploration;’ Rock Steinbach, Portland historian; Garry Gitzen, Oregon president Sir Francis Drake Association; Jeff Smith, curator, Columbia River Maritime Museum; and Tom Mock, past president, Nehalem Valley Historical Society.


Recently, the Columbia River Maritime Museum played host to the second annual meeting of the Sir Francis Drake Association of Oregon and California. The gathering brought together scholars in the fields of anthropology, surveying, navigation, and Oregon and California history, to celebrate Capt. Francis Drake’s 1579 anchorage in Nehalem Bay, and his subsequent survey land-claim of Neahkahnie Mountain in Manzanita on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

The keynote talk “How Did We Get Here” by Garry Gitzen, president of the Oregon Chapter, highlighted important 16th and 20th century books, articles and maps — uncovered as recently as the past 10 years — that helped to identify Drake’s five-week Northwest sojourn.

For information, go to sirfrancisdrakeassociation.org


Sir Francis Drake scholars convene in Astoria




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