Today, over 400 years later, a replica of the illustrious ship on which he sailed is available on the market for £360,000.
The Golden Hind Museum Ship has been based in Brixham harbour, Devon, since 1963, fascinating thousands of visitors both young and old. Now Simon Read, the ship’s owner, is seeking a buyer to ensure the vessel remains operational as one of the town’s most recognised tourist attractions and a multi-functioning business.
Next year will see the replica ship celebrate her 50th year in the harbour at Brixham, one of England’s oldest fishing ports having been bequeathed to Simon by his father, who purchased the replica in 1970. It is hoped that the ship can remain in Brixham as a prominent component of the town’s heritage. Those connected with her believe losing her would undoubtedly have a significant impact on tourism levels in the town.
The replica ship is recognised nationally as a key educational resource, with visitors enlightened about the life and times of Sir Francis Drake and conditions at sea during the 16th century. Despite being 400 years after the death of Sir Francis Drake there is still massive worldwide interest in this remarkable man and his achievements. Golden Hind offers an insight into life in the 16th century, with museum sta on board o ering a range of fun, interactive lessons and re-enactments.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - January 2014 Issue
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