Like this ship model or similarly Sir Francis Drake's GOLDEN HIND may
have looked, with which he had succeeded to sail around the globe from
1577 to 1580. He successfully looted Spanish settlements on the Pacific
coast and captured treasure ships. With 80 pounds of gold and 26 tons of
silver bars (contemporary value of 126000 English pound or about half
the English Crown's revenues a year) he chose to search for the
Northwest Passage and sailed as far as 48 degrees north, just south of
the Strait of Juan de Fuca, before turning south. He then sailed
westward and passed Palau and the Philippines before rounding the Cape
of Good Hope back to England. It was the second circumnavigation of the
globe after Magellan. It was a great achievement of
Francis Drake and his crew, given the record of many later voyages.
The ship model: Since there are no historically secured documents about
the GOLDEN HIND, one can speak only of a reproduction of the type of
this ship. The model is 1: 60 scale after reconstruction plans of the
Italian Dr. Franco Gay. The hull was made of walnut tree.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There
six pictures of the model. If you click on a photo you will get that
photo in high resolution. Only these high resolution photographs show
how much work and handicraft ability were put in the model. (If you use
Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox, press F11 to minimize navigation
bars and have a larger screen with the photos.)
This small but beautiful ship model is 1:60 scale. Length is 58 cm,
width 23 cm, and height 50 cm.
This model has been already sold. The pictures and the data are shown in
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.