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The origins of Plymouth can be traced back more than a thousand years ago to Saxon times. Farmland referred to in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Sudtone, meaning South Farm, developed into Sutton Harbour, the hub of medieval Plymouth.

View from the bus of the Barbican area of Plymouth as we arrived for a cruise of the harbor. Fortunately the rain slacked off as we boarded the boat.

View from the bus of the Barbican area of Plymouth as we arrived for a cruise of the harbor.  Fortunately the rain slacked off as we boarded the boat.

The 'Mayflower Steps', near where the Pilgrims departed, are commemorated today by a portico with Doric columns of Portland stone that was built in 1934.

The 'Mayflower Steps', near where the Pilgrims departed, are commemorated today by a portico with Doric columns of Portland stone that was built in 1934.

Mount Batten in Plymouth Sound and Mount Batten Tower, a 30-foot high circular artillery fort built in 1652.

Mount Batten in Plymouth Sound and Mount Batten Tower, a 30-foot high circular artillery fort built in 1652.

The Royal Citadel on Plymouth Hoe.

The Royal Citadel on Plymouth Hoe.

A view of "The Mayflower Steps" as our boat left the dock.

A view of "The Mayflower Steps" as our  boat left the dock.

Plymouth Hoe with war memorial tower on the left and Smeaton's Tower (lighthouse) on the right.

Plymouth Hoe with war memorial tower on the left and Smeaton's Tower (lighthouse) on the right.

Plymouth Hoe. The war memorial tower right of the sailboat mast & left of the "ferris" wheel. The structure with columns in the middle is a three tier belvedere (open-sided gallery) built in 1891.

Plymouth Hoe. The war memorial tower right of the sailboat mast & left of the "ferris" wheel. The structure with columns in the middle is a three tier belvedere (open-sided gallery) built in 1891.

Abandoned fortifications on the east end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

Abandoned fortifications on the east end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

Old barracks on the west end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

Old barracks on the west end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

We had interesting waves during the harbor tour. This is the west end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

We had interesting waves during the harbor tour.  This is the west end of Drake's Island in Plymouth Harbor.

The Battery, Cremyll, in Mount Edgcumbe Park. It was once a saluting platform, its guns fired to greet visitors, before it was rebuilt as part of Plymouth's defenses in 1863.

The Battery, Cremyll, in Mount Edgcumbe Park.  It was once a saluting platform, its guns fired to greet visitors, before it was rebuilt as part of Plymouth's defenses in 1863.

Royal William Yard waterfront. Built between 1826 and 1835, it was a major port for the Royal Navy. Now being preserved, restored and modernized for mixed use development.

Royal William Yard waterfront.  Built between 1826 and 1835, it was a major port for the Royal Navy.  Now being preserved, restored and modernized for mixed use development.

Royal William Yard waterfront. Built between 1826 and 1835, it was a major port for the Royal Navy. Now being preserved, restored and modernized for mixed use development.

Royal William Yard waterfront.  Built between 1826 and 1835, it was a major port for the Royal Navy.  Now being preserved, restored and modernized for mixed use development.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott Memorial (polar explorer), Mount Wise, Plymouth.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott Memorial  (polar explorer), Mount Wise, Plymouth.

Mount Wise viewing platform.

Mount Wise viewing platform.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine at dock.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine at dock.

HMS Montrose (F236) is the eighth of the sixteen ship Type 23 or 'Duke' class of frigates, of the Royal Navy, named after the Duke of Montrose.

HMS Montrose (F236) is the eighth of the sixteen ship Type 23 or 'Duke' class of frigates, of the Royal Navy, named after the Duke of Montrose.

We had an overcast and rainy ride through Dartmoor National Park, an area of moorland in south Devon, England.

We had an overcast and rainy ride through Dartmoor National Park, an area of moorland in south Devon, England.

Dartmoor was chosen as the setting for Spielberg's movie The Warhorse because of its stunning light and landscape.

Dartmoor was chosen as the setting for Spielberg's movie The Warhorse because of its stunning light and landscape.

Dartmoor is one of Britain's Breathing Spaces, and a member of the 15-strong National Park family.

Dartmoor is one of Britain's Breathing Spaces, and a member of the 15-strong National Park family.