National Geographic : 1938 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams EVEN SUBMARINES WELCOME VISITORS DURING NAVY WEEK Beyond the submarine L18 are the 1,100-ton destroyers Warwick and Watchman, the aircraft carrier Hermes, and the battleship Royal Oak, at the far end of the Prince of Wales Basin. Navy men stationed at the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport wear caps bearing the inscription "H. M. S. Drake" (page 72). off St. David's Head, the western tip of Wales, Commander William Henry Allen was mortally wounded and Midshipman Richard Delphey was killed. Over their graves beside St. Andrew's Church the Eng lish erected a tombstone with the inscrip tion, "Here Sleep the Brave." In 1930 it was incorporated in a monu ment which the United States Daughters of 1812 erected in appreciation of "a hu mane and chivalrous action of the English people" (page 69). Beside it is "The Door of Unity," lead ing to Prysten House, one of Plymouth's oldest buildings, where priests were lodged. After nearly four centuries it has been restored for use as a Church House. Back on Dartmoor is the bleak granite prison of Princetown where American pris oners were confined in 1813, but the Door of Unity is less forbidding and more sig nificant. When German submarines threat ened to starve Great Britain, American sub chasers helped convoy the men and supplies of Old England up the Channel where the Invincible Armada fled before Drake's tal lowed ships. A LIBRARY CENSORS RACING RESULTS Plymouth has a Carnegie library in which Puritan influences evidently linger on, for racing results published in the newspapers were so blacked out that patrons of the free library could not check their winnings or losses. This in the land of the Grand Na tional and the Derby! No kill-joy atmosphere is Plymouth's. Splendid center for excursions by car or steamer, it has the theaters and cinemas of a city rather than those of a summer resort. And when a Scottish kiltie band plays on a sunny Sunday the Hoe is as gay as any spot in England, with circles of easy chairs surrounding the bandstand and crowds stretching away across this splen did expanse (page 74).