A replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake's famous sixteenth-century vessel, has been visiting Hong Kong on its way around the world.
GV Golden Hind replica in Hong Kong harbour
GV AND SV Crew members pulling onto deck and securing dinghy lifeboat (3 shots)
GV Crewman climbing to crowsnest
GV Crewman checking security netting
GV Crew members in galley, including, only woman on board, Stella Dawson-Moray
GV PAN Galley
SV Captain Peter Haward checking maps
GV AND SV Crew members adjusting rigging and letting out sails as vessels leaves harbour (4 shots)
GV PAN From junk to Golden Hind under sail. (2 shots)
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Background: A replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake's famous sixteenth-century vessel, has been visiting Hong Kong on its way around the world. The contemporary ship is on its way back to Britain to take part in celebrations for the four hundredth anniversary of Drake's completing his circumnavigation of the world.
SYNOPSIS: The tiny vessel -- it's only one hundred feet (30 metres) long -- brought a visual fragment of the first Elizabethan age to one of the world's busiest harbours. This Golden Hind was built in the early 1970s as closely as possible to the specifications of Drake's ship, which sailed around the world between 1577 and 1580.
In 1973, this ship sailed along Drake's route from Plymouth in England to San Francisco. Last year, it sailed across the Pacific to Japan to feature in the film Shogun, based on James Clavell's best-selling novel. Conditions on board are somewhat primitive, with no running water or washing facilities.
Captain Peter Haward says his contingent of seventeen is cramped, but pampered compared to Drake's crew of forty. This vessel at least has a lifeboat, radio, some electric lighting, and a small engine to boost its sailing speed from three to five Knots. The Golden Hind had sailed from japan to Hong Kong in fifteen days. After repairs and modifications, she set sail on Tuesday (29 January). With luck she'll reach Plymouth in another five months, much faster than Drake could have managed ... but he didn't have the benefit of the Suez Canal.
Captain Haward views his voyage with less sense of adventure than Drake, the most renowned seaman of his day. The twentieth-century captain considers it merely a job of boat delivery, and doesn't expect to be knighted and made mayor of Plymouth for his efforts, as Drake was.