This limited edition replica museum quality model of the Golden Hind – the first English ship to sail around the world from 1577 to 1580 - is a new arrival for 2018.
- Overall dimensions of the model are 95cm L x 20cm W x 78cm H 1:32 Scale
- This model ship is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
- Entirely hand built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
- The use of high-quality wood in construction ensures that the model will withstand climate variations such as changes in humidity and temperature.
- Cannons, musket, anchors, decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted in metal.
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Realistic lifeboats with oars and numerous other deck features
- This replica is handcrafted according to scale from original plans and pictures.
- The model comes with a solid wood base, a metal nameplate and the history of the Golden Hind ship.
Sir Francis Drake sailed in the Golden Hind Ship in his famous voyage to circumnavigate the World. In 1577 Queen Elizabeth I selected Francis Drake to be the head of that expedition.
The expedition, consisting of a fleet of five ships, set sail from Plymouth in Devon, England in 1577. The historic voyage was to take three years. Francis Drake and the five ships travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, through the treacherous Straits of Magellan, the Pacific Ocean, the coast of California, Vancouver, Philippines, Java and round the Cape of Good Hope and on to Sierra Leone. In 1580 Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, England. The Golden Hind was the only vessel to return from Drake’s expedition of the five vessels which originally set out from England. Francis Drake was knighted “Sir Francis Drake” on board the Golden Hind by Queen Elizabeth in 1581.
After the world voyage 1577-1580, the ship was taken to Deptford, London for public exhibition in honour of Drakes remarkable achievement. She stayed in Deptford for nearly a hundred years until it began to rot. It was the first ‘Museum Ship’ in the world. Nowadays a replica of Golden Hind is being displayed in London.