April 4th – On this day in 1581, Elizabeth I attended a banquet on board the Golden Hinde, which had shortly beforehand been “drawn into a creek … at Deptford as a perpetual memorial for having circuited round about the whole earth” under the captainship of Francis Drake in 1577-80 (a plaque on the water-front there marks the site, commemorating the event).
She “consecrated it with great ceremonie, pompe and magnificence eternally to be remembered”, and then knighted Drake. Readers may be interested to know that the ship, prior to its voyage of circumnavigation, was renamed the Golden Hinde in honour of Drake’s patron Sir Christopher Hatton, whose family coat-of-arms featured the device of a golden hind (it was originally named the Pelican).
The original Golden Hinde remained in Deptford for about 100 years, until it started to disintegrate and had to be broken up.
The modern reconstruction of the ship in St Mary Overie Dock is visited on our “Historic Southwark” standard walk.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.