A replica of the Golden Hind, the ship in which Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world, was launched by the Countess of Devon on Thursday (April 5) from a boatyard at Appledore, North Devon, England.
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Background: A replica of the Golden Hind, the ship in which Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world, was launched by the Countess of Devon on Thursday (April 5) from a boatyard at Appledore, North Devon, England.
The original Golden Hind was the ship in which that most famous of British seamen circumnavigated the world during the three years between 1577 and 1580.
Like the original vessel, the new Golden Hind weighs 100-tons and is also equipped with more than 20 cannons. When the Countess of Devon sent the ship down the slipway, the traditional bottle of champagne was missing. Instead a bottle of English Mead -- a drink with a honey base -- was substituted and shattered on the timber bows.
Hundreds of men, women and children lined the shore to see the wooden ship slide into her natural element. Scores of small craft surrounded the Golden Hind as she took to the water.
When she is completely fitted out, the Gold Hind will be on show to the public at Plymouth, the Devonshire home port of Sir Francis Drake. In September she'll sail for San francisco where she'll be permanently on show.
The small seaside town of Appledore has become known world-wide in recent years as a place where shipbuilding craftsmanship is at its highest standard. Consequently, there is a thriving ship-building industry there.