The Golden Hinde

The Golden Hinde in Deptford in 1581 - Copy

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 marking the site and 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Golden Hinde

  1. rafterd1972

    With the various voyages around the world and across oceans in those years, I get to thinking about the sheer guts it took to embark on something like that, with years of travel in the offing. I am about to start a new set of lectures titled: “History’s Great Voyages of Exploration”. It should be very interesting.


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