"Golden Hind(e) Galleon." River Thames Tip by breughel
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The cruise ships on the Thames pass close to the replica of the Golden Hind docked in St Mary Overie Dock. The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580 under Captain Sir Francis Drake.
The original name was Pelican. Drake renamed it when entering the Strait of Magellan.
Special is the fact that after this circumnavigation the Golden Hind was maintained for public exhibition in Deptford during about 100 years until she rotted away.
What you see here, oddly located between an office building and a pub (Old Thameside Inn), is a full-size replica launched in 1973. Even more surprising, this replica is perfectly seaworthy even if the bright colours might give the impression it was only made for the show (but usual colours in the 16th c.). It has circumnavigated the world like the original and travelled 140.000 miles!
A second replica has been permanently moored in the harbour of the sea port of Brixham in Devon.
Visits: daily 10 - 17.30h. Price: 6£, reduced 4,50£.
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