Born at Sandridge on the Dart, he made three Arctic voyages in 1585/7 to find a north-west passage to China, and discovered the Davis Strait. John Davis. 1550-1605. He invented the Davis quadrant and backstaff. He sighted the Falkland Islands in 1592. Later he was pilot to the East India Co. and in 1605 he was killed by pirates off Sumatra.
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Location: South Embankment
District Council: South Hams District Council
District Council Ward: Dartmouth and Kingswear
County Council: Devon County Council
County Council Electoral Division: Dartmouth and Kingswear