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NPG 4032; Sir Francis Drake by Unknown artistOn July 11, 1913, Winston Churchill, who was First Lord of the Admiralty in the Asquith Liberal government, attended a meeting of the cabinet held at 10 Downing Street. The meeting was held at 10 am. Later that day Churchill presided at the first meeting of the committee for the erection of a memorial for Sir Francis Drake. In his remarks to the meeting, which was held at 36 Queen Anne’s Gate, Churchill declared that of all the great seamen of the past there was scarcely one who more fully embodied the characteristics of the British navy than Drake. Calling him one of the pioneers of British power, Churchill said that Drake was “one of those figures who if they did not belong to reality, would belong to romance.”

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