About the venue
Our hosts are the Golden Hinde, a replica of the ship that Sir Francis Drake captained in the second circumnavigation of the Globe in 1577.
The Golden Hinde was originally named ‘Pelican’, but Drake fatefully changed it to ‘Golden Hinde’ mid-voyage a year after his departure from England.
In 1579 the galleon captured the largest treasure ever at the time off, the coast of Ecuador. The haul totalled over 360,000 Pesos (£480m).
Launched in 1973 after three years of painstaking research and careful construction this replica is the only sailable reconstruction of the ship, and is dry docked behind Borough Market, near London Bridge Underground Station.
After travelling 140,000 miles around the planet and starring in the film Shogun she was berthed on the south bank of the Thames in 1996.