1 Pickfords Wharf
Southwark SE1 9DG
TfL Fare Zone 1
Sandwiched between tall buildings, just west of Southwark Cathedral is St Mary Overie Dock. Moored inside the dock is a full sized Elizabethan galleon. This is the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s warship the ‘Golden Hinde’.
Completely accurate in every detail the ship has actually sailed Drake’s route that he took when he circumnavigated the world from 1577-1580. This replica ship has sailed 140,000 miles since being built at Appledore in Devon thirty years ago.
Although St Mary Overie is a modern dock, it occupies a position that goes back to medieval times. The ‘tideway’ mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 was St Mary Overie’s Wharf. There is a plaque on the wall stating that the parishioners of St Mary Overie had the right to collect landing dues from ships mooring at the wharf.
Visiting the Golden Hinde
The Golden Hinde is open to visitors and is also an educational resource for schools so it is child friendly. It is well worth going on board to experience the cramped living conditions that 16th century sailors experienced.
It must be remembered that the Golden Hinde sailed with a crew of 80-85 men and was armed with 22 cannons. Its vital statistics are that it has a wooden hull; 3 masts; 5 square sails; is 120 feet (36.5 metres) long; 22 feet (6.7 metres) wide and 13.5 feet (4.1 metres) deep.
In 1577 the ship started life as The Pelican but halfway through his circumnavigation of the globe Francis Drake renamed the ship the Golden Hinde in honour of one of his patrons Sir Christopher Hatton. The Hatton coat of arms featured a ‘golden hinde’ or female deer. The figurehead on the replica ship is a simply carved but beautiful doe’s head.
Francis Drake was a great navigator, explorer, warrior seaman but first and foremost a privateer. This means that he held papers from the government authorising him to capture any enemy ships, whether in port or at sea in order to take their cargo. Francis Drake concentrated on Spanish ships bringing treasure from their colonies in South America.
Drake brought enough gold, silver and jewels back to Queen Elizabeth I to pay England’s entire foreign debt with some left over for the next couple of years. For this she knighted him onboard the Golden Hinde which was moored at Deptford.
Having seen Sir Francis Drake’s ship you might be interested to see where he lived. Buckland Abbey in Devon was his home and is now owned by the National Trust.
The house contains many relics of Sir Francis including the musical drum (known as Drake’s Drum) carried on his circumnavigation and the red and blue banners that decorated the Golden Hinde when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.
Plan Your Visit
Golden Hinde Opening Times
Daily 10.00 to 17.30 for Self Guided Tours
except during pre-booked birthday parties and private events. Self-Guided Tours may be limited when other Public Tours are taking place.
Closed: 25/26 December
Admission Costs & Tours
Costs vary from Standard self-guided admission to costumed re-enactment tours. For further information go to Web: Golden Hinde/ Tours
Golden Hinde Shop
Open daily: 09:00 to 17:30 hours
Contact & Further Information
Office Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 09:00 - 17:30
+44 (0)2074 030 123
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- By Underground
London Bridge Station Northern Line & Jubilee Line
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