A replica of the "Golden Hinde" -- the ship in which the English sailor, Sir Francis Drake, travelled round the world nearly 400 years ago -- sailed up the River Thames into London on Thursday (April 4) amin the thunder of cannon and the crack of musket fire from the shore.
GV Golden Hinde going under Tower Bridge
SV Captain on deck giving instructions
GV Golden Hinde firing cannons on both sides
GV Soldiers in Elizabethan costume fire muskets from shore at ship.
GV Hinde passing (drums and musket fire)
SV Seaman charging cannon
GV Hinde turning sharply
SV Seaman hauling on lines
GV Hinde going by
LV Masthead with seamen in rigging
SV Bows as Hinde turns
LV Seamen hauling on rigging
LV Sailor in rigging
LV Hinde approaches Tower Pier firing cannon
SV Captain on poop.
SV PAN Guards in Elizabethan dress run onto pier and attack ship
SV Sailors and soldiers fighting with swords
SV Soldiers in deck cheering victory.
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Background: A replica of the "Golden Hinde" -- the ship in which the English sailor, Sir Francis Drake, travelled round the world nearly 400 years ago -- sailed up the River Thames into London on Thursday (April 4) amin the thunder of cannon and the crack of musket fire from the shore.
After spending the summer moored by the Tower of London, the "Golden Hinde" will sail to California, a region which Drake claimed for the British government in 1579. Drake was the first European to set foot on that part of the North American continent.
Drake's reputation as a pirate and a plunderer was reflected in the way the ship sailed into London on Thursday. It was overwhelming by a boarding party. Both the pirates and the crew were dressed in the costumes of Drake's period.
But the "Golden Hinde" is not just a historical momento, it is a ???mmercial proposition to the Californian businessmen who have financed its construction. They hope that thousands of visitors will repay their massive outlay. There have been numerous design problems and it has so far cost GBP 450,000 pounds sterling (1,100,000 dollars US) to get the ship in shape for the transatlantic crossing. In case anything should go wrong there is a 20th century diesel engine concealed within the ship.
SYNOPSIS: In line with Drake's reputation for being something of a pirate as well as an explorer, the 'Golden Hinde' came in with cannons blazing.
The fire was returned from the shore.
The Golden Hinde's crew were dressed in the costume of Drake's time. In the background - the beat of the drums used to spur on the soldiers in the sixteenth century.
The ship is later sailing to San Francisco -- the point on the Californian coast where Drake is believed to have landed in fifteen seventy nine. He was the first European to land on that part of the North American continent and immediately claimed the region for the British Government.