The influence of sea power on British history has been profound. That a small island in the North Sea, about the size of the State of Victoria, should in the days of Elizabeth, with a population substantially less than that of Australia today, have taken the first momentous steps in a great movement which in two hundred years was to put a ring of colonies around the world seems miraculous, until you remember that this achievement was mainly due to the mariners of England.
The story of British expansion is primarily linked with the names of sailormen – of Raleigh, Drake, Frobisher, Cook, Nelson. It is from four of these that our school takes its Houses.
Captain James Cook (1728-1779)
Explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy, Cook made detailed maps of thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. On his voyages, he displayed seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and, in adverse conditions, an ability to lead others.
Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)
Vice Admiral, privateer, navigator, pioneer, raider, politician and civil engineer, Drake was the first captain to circumnavigate the earth (Magellan died on his voyage). His exploits made him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards, who called him El Draque (The Dragon)! He was Second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594)
Frobisher made three voyages to the New World, in order to find the Northwest Passage, a trade route to India and China (then known as Cathay). These voyages landed in north-eastern Canada, around today’s Resolution Island and Frobisher Bay. He was Knighted for his service in repelling the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)
The greatest naval hero in the history of the United Kingdom, Admiral Nelson was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics. He is best known for his involvement in the Napoleonic Wars and his remarkable victories at the Battle of the Nile and then at the Battle of Trafalgar, during which he lost his life.