National Geographic : 1963 Aug
"Salcombe homes cling to the hillsides like limpets to a rock," reports Captain Villiers. and myghtye and defensyve... tower," as the old chronicle describes one of them-between which a great chain could be slung across the harbor, as a medieval boom defense. Those towers have stood since the 15th century, but they still looked strong and good. History drips from the waterside stones, and illustrious and romantic names from the great past come to a gusty life. In my mind's 246 ear I heard the cries of Elizabethan seamen, and the chants of 12th-century knights echo ing down Dartmouth's narrow streets as they awaited the sailing of the Second Crusade. A flock of graceful swans made way for our boat to secure alongside in Bayard's Cove, one of many snug havens in Dartmouth's harbor. From such a setting, John Davis sailed in search of the Northwest Passage.