Golden Hind


Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for her privateering circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, in honour of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden 'hind' (a female red deer). Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake's world voyage. One full-sized, still sailable reconstruction containing original pieces of the galleon exists in London, on the south bank of the Thames.


TitlePublication DateDescriptionLink
Golden Hind (webpage from Wikipedia) Medium-length article on the ship Link
The Original Golden Hind (webpage) Webpage from the Golden Hind museum Link


Golden Hind launched 1577
Francis Drake's expedition sets out 1577-11-15
Golden Hind sails into Plymouth 1580-09-26
Golden Hind broken up 1650


NameBegin DateEnd DateStart Head CountEnd Head Count
Francis Drake's Circumnavigation of the earth 1577 1580 164 59

Operated By

NameDate of BirthDate of DeathShort Biography
Sir Francis Drake 15401596an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era.