Many historians determine Drake’s exploration adventures brought him to Nehalem Bay. May 15, 2022. Manzanita Oregon. Was he here, or was he not? Historians along the western coast of the United States have long disagreed about whether Sir Francis Drake, the celebrated (some say notorious) British explorer of the 16th century, landed his ship, the Golden Hind, in Nehalem Bay or in Point Reyes area of California.