Between 1577 and 1580 the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, Sir Francis Drake, sailed the world aboard the Golden Hinde. The ship was originally christened the Pelican but was renamed during the voyage after Drake’s main sponsor, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose family coat of arms was a golden hind (female deer). Drake was rewarded for the rich cargo of spices and Spanish treasures he brought back for England from his three-year voyage by being knighted by Queen Elizabeth I on his return. The Golden Hinde also took part in the battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Golden Hinde II which now sits along the banks of the river Thames is a full-size reconstruction of the Golden Hinde. There are tours available on board and it is a popular activity enjoyed by families. The galleon is also available for private and corporate hire and is a registered wedding venue.
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