Golden Hinde, London

Golden Hinde, London

From 1577 to 1580, the infamous pirate and human trafficker Francis Drake completed a global voyage aboard the Golden Hinde, returning to England with a vast amount of stolen treasures exceeding Queen Elizabeth I's annual income. Constructed in the early 1970s, this life-sized replica ship has traveled approximately 160,000 kilometers (100,000 miles), completing one full and one partial circumnavigation of the world. Along its journeys, it made stops at various ports, including many along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States, serving as a maritime museum before finally docking on dry land in 1995.

Today, the ship continues to fulfill its educational mission, featuring a "crew" dressed in period attire and exhibiting three decks filled with historical artifacts during weekends. The ship's interior is notably cramped and claustrophobic, especially on the gundeck, where approximately three-quarters of Drake's 80-man crew would have slept, often sharing their sleeping quarters with sheep and goats. Younger visitors are particularly drawn to the puppet shows and pirate training sessions, while the ship also hosts frequent musical events, including performances by sea shanty choirs.

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Sight Name: Golden Hinde
Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
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