On Thursday 26th September Pro-Story Photgraphy was invited on a visit to Drake’s Island, in Plymouth Sound.
We were invited by MH Associates to join them on a early morning visit to Drakes Island with local networking group; Network Plymouth. The new custodian of Drakes Island; Morgan Phillips, is a member of the group and kindly arranged a historic visit to the island. In the thirty years since the island was last open to the public not many people have stepped foot on the island, for some people who was part of the visit they were not even born then.
All of the participants assembled at Plymouth Docks ready for a 20 minute cruise out to the island, a snack breakfast of a Bacon Roll and Coffee was served, with the boat giving everyone a grandstand view of the island before we docked at the jetty. With very little visitor activity, the jetty is in a poor condition and as soon as you step foot on the island the amount work needed to make it the jewel in the crown for Plymouth again is evident.
The entrance to the island is through a set of solid iron gates through a small tunnel which leads out to the first of the buildings, all of which are damp and derelict, patiently waiting for their renovations. There are not many proper footpaths, any which are present are still heavily overgrown with vegetation and watching where you walking is important as not all areas have been checked for stability.
” At long last we have the excitement of our first visit to Drake island. As a child I dreamed about adventure and the secret underground.”
Morgan Phillips lead the tour giving a history lesson of the various structures and his plans for them. He is very keen to have the biggest Union Jack in the UK flying from the flag mast at the top of the island. We were taken to the top of the gunnery tower which gave the group stunning early morning views of Plymouth Hoe and Mount Battern. We were then lead through the corridors within the tower which would have housed the artillery and troops. The passages seemed endless and a mystery maze. All of these passages are going to be converted into magnificent hotel suites with amazing views of Plymouth Sound.
Before long we were on the boat heading back for the docks at Plymouth; the trip back gave everyone chance to talk about the trip and make new connections. Morgan was incredibly busy with everyone wanting to talk with him and ask for another visit to the island. It is his plans to make Drakes Island public accessible again by the end of the year by offering guided organised tours. We certainly cannot wait to visit again!!
To arrange your own visit check out Drake’s Island website https://drakes-island.com/
Our thanks also to Network Plymouth for the kind invite https://www.businessnetworkingplymouth.co.uk