Plymouth and the Naval Dockyard

October 2012

Plymouth has an extensive historic past which includes the old section of the town (The Barbican), from where The Pilgrinm Fathers left on The Mayflower to settle America.

The Hoe is where Francis Drake played bowls while waiting for the tide to turn so that he could set sail to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.  Smeaton's lighthouse, originally on Eddystone, was rebuilt here.


Vehicles are able to cross the Hamoaze on a chain ferry which goes between Devonport (Devon) and Torpoint (Cornwall).

The ferry has three vessels - Tamar II, Plym II and Lynher II.

Plymouth is also home to Princess Yachts

Plymouth is also home to the Devonport Naval Base.

Pleasure boat trips travel from the Barbican area, past Drake's Island and the Breakwater into the Naval dockyards to view the ships moored there.

During our journey there were periods of heavy rain and sleet, with very dark skies which produced some dramatic photographs.

In Cornwall Mount Edgecombe is opposite the Naval dockyard.