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The Crow's Nest: Golden Hinde, London by DonDavisUK

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The Crow’s Nest The Golden Hinde, London. UK.
Camera Details Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense. ISO 200, 1/40th sec at f/8.0, 150mm. Handheld.

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The original Golden Hinde became famous as the flagship of Sir Francis Drake during his voyage around the world. The journey took three years, with the Golden Hinde being the only ship to complete the voyage.

Drake left Plymouth in 1577, the aim of the voyage was for Drake and his men to be the first Englishmen to circumnavigate the globe. Queen Elizabeth I gave Drake a charter granting him permission to attack and loot ships belonging to England’s enemies – in effect the Spanish. Due to this charter, Drake and his men regarded themselves as privateers, not pirates – however, unsurprisingly the Spanish took a different view and regard him as a pirate to this day.

Drake captured many Spanish ships during the voyage, the most famous being the Cacafuego. The treasure stored on this ship was so immense that Drake’s men emptied the Golden Hinde’s ballast and stored the booty in the bilge (under the hold) for the remainder of the voyage.

On returning to England, Drake became both rich and famous. Elizabeth I took a share of the prizes captured, the crew each had a share, with even the humblest cabin boy taking home the equivalent of £1million in today’s money. Elizabeth visited the Golden Hinde with great ceremony, and Drake was knighted on deck (by the French ambassador, not the Queen, in an attempt to distance Elizabeth from the monetary success of the voyage in the eyes of the Spanish). Elizabeth decreed that the ship should be preserved at Deptford so that the general public could visit the ship and celebrate Drake’s and England’s success; the Golden Hinde therefore became Britain’s first museum ship. Sadly the original ship rotted away in the late 1600s.
The Golden Hinde Replica
Our reconstruction, a fully working ship, was launched in Devon in 1973. Since then she has circumnavigated the globe and sailed over 140,000 miles – many more than the original. She is now berthed in St Mary Overie Dock, London, in the middle of historic Southwark, only a short walk from the Clink Prison Museum and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Imagine your grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren being able to see how you enjoyed life hundreds of years from now? Don can help you record those magical moments for them. Photographer since 1980s.
Specialising in Portraiture, Landscape and Urban Fine Art Photography.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 4 years ago

    Great work!!

  • Thanks Paul.

    – DonDavisUK

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Don, did you climb to the top for a quick shot looking down?

  • haha, no way:-) LOL. I’m getting too old for that kind of caper…

    – DonDavisUK

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 4 years ago

    Taken from the Pub I hope !! nice one Don

  • Haha, Nah Just under the mast Colin.
    I’ll go to that pub one day though…
    Cheers mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Good one, Don! When I saw it, about 1986, it was tied up at Southend, right by the pier.

  • Hi David, it’s right in the heart of London now.
    A great lookin old ship…

    – DonDavisUK

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 4 years ago

    good one!

  • Cheers Dougie.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Wayne Holman
    Wayne Holmanabout 4 years ago

    Love your perspective Don and you’ve captured the windswept flag perfectly. Great photography and a great narrative. A fave for sure mate = ))

  • I took quite a few shots of it blowing in the wind to get it just the way I wanted. Cheers me ansome:-)

    – DonDavisUK

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Don!! but shouldn’t you be looking down lol

  • Hey there Kate, thanks again my friend. I don’t really like climbing up these things:-) LOL

    – DonDavisUK

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    wonderful capture, great pov!

  • Hi Sandra, thanks very much my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Excellent angle and capture!

  • Hey there Gena, many thanks for that my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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