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Episode 3: Drake's Royal Voyager: The Golden Hinde

Summary

Rob Bell explores the extraordinary story of the Golden Hinde, the flagship of Elizabethan mariner, privateer and explorer Sir Francis Drake. Sent on a secret mission to plunder Spanish ships in the Pacific, the Golden Hinde's voyage was packed with adventure, from witchcraft and attempted mutiny to the supreme triumph of her most famous achievement, becoming the first English ship to sail around the world.

Review

If you’ve ever walked along the Thames in London and seen the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, The Golden Hinde, one thing may have struck you: it’s tiny. To imagine this trim little vessel – around 100ft long by 20ft wide – circumnavigating the world with 80 souls on board is extraordinary.

Rob Bell tells the story here, tracing the hardships of crossing the Atlantic in 1577 on the way to raiding Spanish treasure ships in the Americas. It’s a grisly tale, but with a crucial postscript: Drake’s piracy managed to secure so much treasure that Queen Elizabeth could pay off the national debt and lay the groundwork for the British Empire.

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  • Episode 3

    Drake's Royal Voyager: The Golden Hinde

    Summary

    Rob Bell explores the extraordinary story of the Golden Hinde, the flagship of Elizabethan mariner, privateer and explorer Sir Francis Drake. Sent on a secret mission to plunder Spanish ships in the Pacific, the Golden Hinde's voyage was packed with adventure, from witchcraft and attempted mutiny to the supreme triumph of her most famous achievement, becoming the first English ship to sail around the world.

    Review

    If you’ve ever walked along the Thames in London and seen the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, The Golden Hinde, one thing may have struck you: it’s tiny. To imagine this trim little vessel – around 100ft long by 20ft wide – circumnavigating the world with 80 souls on board is extraordinary.

    Rob Bell tells the story here, tracing the hardships of crossing the Atlantic in 1577 on the way to raiding Spanish treasure ships in the Americas. It’s a grisly tale, but with a crucial postscript: Drake’s piracy managed to secure so much treasure that Queen Elizabeth could pay off the national debt and lay the groundwork for the British Empire.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterRob Bell

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorEd McGowan
    Executive producerFred Hepburn
    Executive producerIan Duncan
    ProducerEd McGowan
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