A replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, "Golden Hinde" will leave London next week on the first leg of a voyage to San Francisco.
GV GOLDEN HINDE DOCKED AT QUAYSIDE
GV PAN FROM MAST WITH CREW PREPARING RIGGING
GV CREW PREPARING GUN DECK
SV STOCK UP ???ER
SV INTERIOR CABIN CREWMAN WRITES IN DIARY
GV TOWER BRIDGE IN DISTANCE
GV AND CU TOURISTS BUYING SOUVENIRS OF GOLDEN HINDE (2 shots)
GV TOURISTS ON DECK (2 shots)
TV GOLDEN HINDE AT QUAYSIDE TILT UP TO TOWER BRIDGE
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Background: A replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, "Golden Hinde" will leave London next week on the first leg of a voyage to San Francisco.
On Tuesday (27th August), the ship's crew were busy preparing the 300 ton sailing vessel for the voyage to Dartmouth--the Golden Hinde's last port of call in the United Kingdom.
The ship has been docked for the past five months at Tower Pier, within sight of the Tower Bridge, and more than 200,000 visitors have walked its decks in that time.
"Golden Hinde II" cost several hundred thousand dollars to build and is the brain-child of an American businessman, who plans to set the ship up as a floating museum in San Francisco. The vessel will set out from Dartmouth at the end of October for the 13,000 mile (20,900 kilometre) voyage, expected to take about five months.
The ship will fly a period Elizabethan flag during the voyage, and life on board will be similar to the life of Sir Francis Drake's men--with two exceptions. The ship has been fitted with an auxiliary diesel engine and stabilisers have been added to the hull. But the crewmen will have no fresh water for washing and they'll have to use seawater.