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Photo shows a full-size authentic replica of the ship, also called the Golden Hinde.

The Golden Hinde was an English galleon best known for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake.

She was originally known as the Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling it the Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose armorial crest was a golden 'hind. Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake's world voyage.

The Golden Hinde replica was launched in 1973. Since then she has travelled more than 225,000 km, a distance equal to more than five times around the globe.

Like the original ship, she has circumnavigated the globe. On her maiden voyage, in 1973, she sailed to San Francisco to commemorate Sir Francis Drake's claiming of New Albion, believed to be somewhere in California, for Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1979 and 1980 she retraced Drake's around-the-world voyage. Between 1981 and 1984, she was berthed in England and was established as an educational museum, but in 1984–1985 she sailed around the British Isles and then crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
In 1986, she passed through the Panama Canal to sail on to British Columbia for the World's Fair in Vancouver.

In 1987, she began a tour of the US Pacific coast, visiting ports in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. In 1988, she passed back through the Panama Canal to visit Texas.

In 1989, she visited ports on the Gulf of Mexico. In 1990–1991, she entered a series of seaports on the east coast of the US, in 1992 returning home to tour the British Isles again.

The ship permanent berth is by London Bridge on the River Thames.

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