Because Driftmark was a damp and cramped castle, Lord Corlys Velaryon raised a new castle to house the Driftwood Throne after he made his fortune in Essos. During the Dance of the Dragons, this new Velaryon seat, High Tide, was burned by the greens after the Battle in the Gullet, however. Since Driftmark was always considered the worse one of the two castles, High Tide remained the seat of the Lord of the Tides, while Driftmark was held by other male scions of the House.
Maelys Velaryon ordered the reconstruction of Driftmark in 374 AC. He hired stonemasons and architects from Volantis to do the task, as they had more knowledge of ancient Valyrian buildings. In 378 AC the project was complete, and Driftmark was as good as new. Maelys moved the Driftwood Throne and his household into the castle, and ruled the island from there. High Tide was given to his younger brother, Corlys Velaryon.