A coloured scheme for fortifying the island of St Nicholas, or Drake's Island, in Plymouth Sound
Plan of Plymouth harbour with particular attention to St Nicholas Island thought to have been drawn by a French or Dutch artist. It is said that when he was a child, Sir Francis Drake was sent here by his parents for protection at a time of civil disturbance. In the 18th century the island was renamed Drake’s Island in his memory but until the mid 19th century it was still referred to as St Nicholas Island. The island was first fortified in the 17th century and was important because it was situated in the centre of Plymouth Sound and protected the approaches to the harbours and the estuaries of the rivers Tamar and Plym.