Neil Oliver's Love Letter to the British Isles


46. Francis Drake and the Golden Hind, Aldeburgh

Season 1, Ep. 46

This week Neil is taking us aboard the Golden Hind, a legendary ship that sailed around the world and into history.

In 16th century Aldeburgh, which was then an important east-coast port, shipbuilders set to work building a vessel that was to have a profound influence on British history.

Once completed and seaworthy Francis Drake and his crew climbed aboard and set sail on an epic 3 year voyage to circumnavigate the globe. On its return the ship was full to bursting with gold, silver and precious jewels, and Francis Drake received a hero’s welcome and the thanks of his queen, Elizabeth I.

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