Remains of the famed English sailor reportedly lie somewhere in Panama's Portobelo Bay, where an expedition backed by Pat Croce has identified four-century-old shipwreck remains as being from from Drake's 1596 fleet.
Drake was buried at sea, supposedly inside a lead coffin, to keep the Spaniards who hated him from finding the body. Drake's two ships, the "Elizabeth" (named after the queen who knighted Drake) and the "Delight" then were scuttled by their crews in Portobelo Bay.
Drake harassed Spanish shipping for decades and was the first English sailor to circumnavigate the globe. Burnt ships' timbers, believed to be from the Drake ships, were discovered earlier this month in Panama.
This be arrrr 15th issue of the Pirate Fashions Newsletter for Feb 2012. In transfer the old website to the new one, we had issues transferring the newsletter. So we be reposing the feature article into this blog instead of losing all the past newsletters.