Golden Hind further reading

Drake, The Golden Hind and a few points not covered in most histories.

The Pelican, later renamed Golden Hind is not an anonymous galleon, she is one of the most famous ships in English history.

In honour of the great voyage, The Golden Hind was placed in public view beside the Thames at London by order of Queen Elizabeth I.

Drake's Golden Hinde
Drake’s Golden Hinde

25 x 20 cm, (10″ x 8″)

Golden Hind the replica built 1973, Golden Hinde has become a star in many films including the award winning mini series ‘Shogun’, set in Japan.

Drake’s Passage

Francis Drake the explorer, discoverer, sailing Golden Hind during the storm after the passage of Magellan’s Straits, Drake discovered the southern most cape of South America.

If you look at a chart you will see that to this day the passage around Cape Horn is named Drake’s Passage in Drake’s honour.

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2. “Time to finish the game’ and still beat the Spaniards“.

The academics have obviously not done their home work or sailed on Plymouth Sound.

Plymouth Hoe from Mt Batten
Plymouth Hoe from Mt Batten

I’ve sailed and raced on Plymouth Sound to many times to remember, often won races in part by knowing the complex currents of the Sound, and kept an engineless yacht on a mooring on the Cattewater the very same waters where the English fleet awaited the Spanish Armada.

Cattewater and Mt Batten
Cattewater and Mt Batten

I have also checked the tide times thanks to Captain Paul Willerton of Plymouth University, in Plymouth Planetarium.

At the time the Armada news arrived at Plymouth the tide was flooding & according to original accounts there was no wind.

Given that, there was no chance of the English fleet leaving Plymouth Cattewater until the tide turned which is what happened.

Drake was a Plymouth man with many friends in the sea port.

Where better to be on a calm sunny day than hard by the old town on Plymouth Hoe for a game of bowls with ship mates and with fine views of Plymouth Cattewater were the fleet lay, The Sound and open ocean beyond?

There would indeed have been “time to finish the game and still beat the Spanish” so that legendary story, so typical of Drake, is likely true.

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GoldenHinde Replica Famouth July 1982, author's photo
Golden Hinde Replica, Falmouth July 1982, author’s photo

In honour of the great voyage, The Golden Hind was placed in public view beside the Thames at London.
It was a hundred years before she fell apart.

Golden Hinde the 1973 replica.

The beautiful ship built at the Hinks Yard, Appledore, North Devon and used in so many films is now under new ownership, being faithfully repaired.

The Golden Hinde replica is now in her fiftieth ‘birthday’ year, 2023.

You can visit this ‘time machine’ St Mary Overie’s Dock, London. Golden Hind truly is window into history open and ready for you.

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