In two days the Queen of England will celebrate her Platinum Birthday as Sovereign of England. On February 6, 2022 I will begin a painting of the Golden Hind anchored in Depoe Bay. This, and other works of Art and Literature will be offered to the public as NFTs. I bid the family of Harry (Potter) Windsor to make a secret trip to this bay, and take selfies. I will announce the beginning of the Greatest Cyber-space Treasure Hunt the world has ever known. Defining what the treasure IS – is the key!
John Presco 007 After John Dee
This ‘treasure’ rewrote California history. It was an elaborate hoax.
Katie Dowd, SFGATE
March 1, 2021Updated: March 1, 2021 4:49 p.m.
Beyrle Shinn, a 26-year-old department store clerk from Oakland, knew how to look on the bright side.
While on a Bay Area drive one day in 1936, his car began to shudder. A tire had gone flat. This was no disaster for Shinn, who pulled over near San Rafael and decided, on account of the nice weather, to go for an impromptu hike. He headed up a bluff overlooking San Quentin prison, shimmying beneath a barbed wire fence for a better view of the bay beyond.
This was nice. But Shinn decided it would be even nicer to roll rocks down the steep incline. As he searched the ground for rocks, he noticed a flat metal plate. Shinn thought it would make a good scrap piece in case his car busted another hole. He tucked it under his arm and took it home.
Then, he forgot all about it. Some time later, a few friends noticed the brass plate — and the odd writing on it. Though caked in dirt, it appeared to say “Francis Drake.” One of the friends suggested Shinn take it to UC Berkeley, where a historian could take a look. “History never meant anything to me,” the high school dropout later told newspapermen with a shrug.
Nonetheless, Shinn arranged a meeting with Professor Herbert Eugene Bolton, one of the world’s great experts in the history of the Americas. When Shinn showed him the five-by-eight inch brass plate, covered in scrawled handwriting, Bolton’s eyes nearly bugged out of his head.
Within moments, without a shred of evidence, Bolton decided the thing he’d searched his whole life for was here in the hands of a confused Oakland shop clerk. He’d found something that would change California history forever.
“He flustered all over the place,” Shinn would later recall. “Boy, was he excited.”
Professor Herbert Bolton was no stranger to excitement.
In 1921, he was approached by a man named Adam Fisher who needed a Spanish document translated. After a quick look, Bolton told Fisher it detailed the location of a buried cache of gold, hidden in Mexico 100 years prior during a period of civil unrest. The man offered Bolton half of anything he found, which Bolton declined. “I’m too busy for a treasure hunt,” he said.
A few months later, word reached the states that Fisher had applied for an export permit from the Mexican government. He needed to ship 50 tons of gold back to the United States. It was worth $36 million. Bolton took the news serenely.
So Bolton’s demeanor on April 6, 1937 came as something of a surprise to his colleagues. He’d called hundreds of them to the Sir Francis Drake hotel in San Francisco with the promise of one of the “most sensational” discoveries in California history. He was ebullient as he took the stage.
“Behold!” he said, holding the plate aloft. “Drake’s plate! The plate of brass. California’s choicest archaeological treasure.”
IF NEWPORT RESIDENT and British-born historian Bob Ward is correct, Oregon has another name — an older one:
That’s the name Sir Francis Drake gave to the spot on the West Coast where he dropped anchor for a five-week rest-and-refit in 1579 during his famous trip around the world.
Drake wrote that he pulled his ship, the Golden Hind, into a little bay with cliffs and a creek and a tiny island peninsula protecting it from the surf. Before he resumed his journey of circumnavigation, he claimed the nearby land for England and explored around it a little, and built a fort.
Historian Ward is convinced that the little bay where Drake spent the summer was, in fact, Whale Cove. And he’s assembled an impressive array of circumstantial historical evidence to support the theory.
Now, when Ward first started developing this theory, it was very much an “alternative” view. The historical community had pretty much settled the question of where Nova Albion was. And any lingering doubts had been decisively laid to rest in 1937, when a student brought a mysterious old brass plate found near Drake’s Bay, just north of the Golden Gate, to Herbert Bolton, a distinguished professor at the University of California.
The plate appeared to be the one that Drake wrote that he had left to mark Nova Albion, back in 1579. Bolton, who had been searching for that plate for his entire professional life, got very excited, bought the plate for $3,500, and immediately proclaimed to the world that he had proof that Drake’s Bay was Nova Albion.
Subsequent analysis, using the best techniques 1930s science had to offer, seemed to authenticate the plate, despite the fact that some of its wording seemed suspiciously modern — for instance, “the” and “this” were used, rather than the contemporary “ye” and “yis.”
The find confirmed what most scholars believed at the time (and still do), that Drake’s Nova Albion was just north of San Francisco.
But in 2002, rumors that the plate was a hoax — in fact, a practical joke gone horribly wrong — were confirmed. It seems Prof. Bolton was a member of a jocose local-history club. Some of Bolton’s fellow club members, knowing his obsession with finding the brass plate, had made the thing and planted it in a spot where they expected him to find it during a club function; whereupon they expected to have a jolly good day or two stringing him along before giving the bad news.
But someone else found it first. So instead of being found by Bolton under controlled conditions, the thing bounced around in the hands of various beachcombers for several years before finding its way into the hands of Bolton’s student — neatly scrubbed of any hint of connection to the club.
Before anyone from the club even knew what had happened, Bolton had joyfully announced his find to the public and proclaimed it genuine. Knowing his professional reputation would be trashed if they revealed what they’d done, the club members kept mum about it.
It wasn’t the sort of secret that can be kept forever. Nonetheless, it was kept for some 70 years, even after close examination in the 1970s revealed it to be a probable fake.
But, in 2002 when the story was fully told, there could be no further doubt: Exhibit A in the case for Drake’s Bay had turned out to be a fraud. The field was now wide open.
Ward’s case for Whale Cove is a particularly interesting one. It’s based largely on the similarities between Whale Cove and the map Drake made of the little bay.
Ward thinks Drake was on a secret mission to find the Northwest Passage, and that’s why he was sailing so far up the West Coast. The idea is, Drake sailed up the coast until he found something he thought was the Northwest Passage — perhaps the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But he wasn’t prepared to actually explore the passage on the spot, so he sailed back southward, looking for a secure spot to anchor and refit the Golden Hind for the planned continuation of its trip around the world. He sailed south until he found Whale Cove, and put in there; a month and a half later, he was on his way home to England via the Far East.
Plans announced for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022
There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.
On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
In addition, initiatives including The Queen’s Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding competition will create a lasting reminder of The Queen’s Jubilee, while The Queen’s private estates will also join in with special Jubilee themed events offering more opportunities for members of the public to celebrate the historic milestone.
The Platinum Pudding competition
To mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee a nationwide baking competition sets out to find a brand new pudding dedicated to The Queen. The Big Jubilee Lunch and Fortnum & Mason are inviting applications from UK residents aged 8 and over to create the perfect Platinum Pudding recipe.
Five finalists will prepare their pudding for an expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan. The winning recipe will be made available to the public and the pudding will be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches during the Jubilee weekend, and by generations to come.
Thursday 2nd June
The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour): Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together in the traditional Parade to mark The Queen’s official birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.
Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
Tickets for this incredible spectacular are available to the public and applications for the ballot are open until the end of February. Please visit qbp.army.mod.uk from the week commencing 17 January 2022 to apply.
Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Principal beacon will be lit in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Friday 3rd June
Service of Thanksgiving: A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Further events will be announced in due course.
Saturday 4th June
The Derby at Epsom Downs: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family, will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
Platinum Party at the Palace: The BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign. Members of the public will be invited to apply to attend this special event and details of the ballot for UK residents to secure audience tickets will be released in February.
Sunday 5th June
The Big Jubilee Lunch: Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.
People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. The Big Lunch provides tips and ideas for hosting an event. Over 1400 people have registered to host Big Jubilee Lunches so far, with events being planned across the length and breadth of the country.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: Artistic performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will unite to tell the story of The Queen’s 70 year reign in an awe-inspiring festival of creativity. The London based Pageant will combine pomp and ceremony, street arts, theatre, music, circus, costumes as well as cutting-edge visual technology, drawing on talent from every part of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.
Forming an important part of the Platinum Pageant, the ‘River of Hope’ section will comprise of two hundred silk flags which will process down The Mall, appearing like a moving river. Primary and secondary school children are invited to create a picture of their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. A selection of these creations will be transferred on to silk flags, which will carried by secondary school pupils in the Pageant.
The artwork for the flags will be focused on climate change and incorporate the children’s messages for the future. Teachers from applying schools will be provided with step-by-step guides to creating a beautiful digital artwork with their students, of which 200 will then be selected for the flags. The selected artwork will also be shown up and down the country on screens as part of the Jubilee celebrations. For more information and to register your school’s interest to take part please go to riverofhope.co.uk.
Further Platinum Jubilee events:
The Queen’s Green Canopy
As the Platinum Jubilee year begins, over 60,000 trees have already been planted in the UK through the project in the two months since the planting season began. Green-fingered communities and cities from Cornwall to Glasgow have come together to make 2022 a truly special year to “plant a tree for the Jubilee” as a celebration of The Queen’s 70 years of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is generating the planting of large, celebration trees, new majestic avenues of trees, urban planting, and expansive new forests that will benefit future generations. Every planting is being recorded on a digital Queen’s Green Canopy map which will be presented to Her Majesty at the end of the Jubilee year.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is also working to protect 70 ancient trees and woodlands that are a valuable part of the UK’s heritage and history and has launched a special training programme to teach unemployed young people new skills in tree planting and management, as well as a Young Foresters Award to highlight the value of trees to school children. The Queen’s Green Canopy will continue throughout 2022 and into March 2023.
Royal Collection Trust
Three special displays marking significant occasions in Her Majesty’s reign – the Accession, the Coronation and Jubilees – will be staged at the official royal residences from July 2022.
At the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, portraits of The Queen taken by photographer Dorothy Wilding between 1953 and 1956 will be on display, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the sittings.
At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display, while at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors will see outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
The Queen’s Private Estates
Celebrations will also take place on The Queen’s private estates, Sandringham and Balmoral, for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
Events free for members of the public to take part in over the Bank Holiday weekend will include ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ on the big screen in the Royal Parkland at Sandringham – a live screening of the BBC Concert celebrating the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven-decade reign.
The lighting of the Sandringham beacon will also take place in the Royal Parkland, accompanied by live music from the Norwich Pipe Band and the Hunstanton Band.
The Platinum Jubilee Celebration
From 12th -15th May the Platinum Jubilee Celebration will see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays, dancers and global equestrian displays.
The show takes place in the same arena used by Royal Windsor Horse Show during the day and is the fourth in a series of events at the same venue that have marked significant moments in the life of The Queen. The production will take the audience on a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day.