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Catalog Number 2000.008.006
Description Golden Hind Model Ship by Charles Parsons at 1:48 scale. Wooden ship is a three masted, square sailing ship. Each mast has a crows's nest that is round in shape with red sides and white rails. Rigging on the masts are secured with wooden dead eyes. The ship has four decks, with the rear deck being the highest, the 3rd and front decks at the same level, and the lowest deck between them, with a white and green launch/ dinghy on the center deck. There are seven cannon openings/windows on each side, but all are closed. Rear of boat has 2 arched windows with crisscrossed metal welding, right below rear deck, with a horizontal flag pole above. There is a painted dog below, followed by 4 more arched windows. Below these are two shields/crests. There is a gold pelican figurehead mounted to red and blue striped mast. Wood on boat has a light finish on upper half, with red, blue and white decorations around railings on all but the center deck, and two thin, horizontal black bands around the center. The lower half and rudder are painted white. There are two black anchors, hanging from each side of front. Ship is mounted to a dark brown stained oak stand which is affixed to a beige and light stained wooden base.
The Golden Hind was an English Galleon that existed in 1577. Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Raymond Aker. 1:48 Scale, Completed 1999. The Golden Hind, the first English ship to sail around the world, started out from England in 1577 under the command of Francis Drake. A privateer, Drake sailed with five ships up the West Coast of South America, attacked several cities and captured Spanish ships. He seized large quantities of gold, silver and jewels. After passing near the San Mateo County coast in 1579, Drake landed just north of San Francisco, probably near Drake’s Bay. Naming it New Albion, he claimed the land for England. Queen Elizabeth knighted Drake on his return to England in 1580. The queen’s share of his treasure was enough to pay of f her foreign debt with a fortune remaining. The Golden Hind was on public display for approximately 100 years before she fell apart.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Golden Hind Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1999
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Aker, Raymond
Role Designer
Inscription Text "GOLDEN HIND / 1577 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1999" (engraved on brass colored metal plaque on base)
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos.
Notes Golden Hind
English Galleon, 1577
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Raymond Aker
1:48 Scale, Completed 1999

The Golden Hind, the first English ship to sail around the world, started out from England in 1577 under the command of Francis Drake.

A privateer, Drake sailed with five ships up the West Coast of South America, attacked several cities and captured Spanish ships. He seized large quantities of gold, silver and jewels.

After passing near the San Mateo County coast in 1579, Drake landed just north of San Francisco, probably near Drake’s Bay. Naming it New Albion, he claimed the land for England.

Queen Elizabeth knighted Drake on his return to England in 1580. The queen’s share of his treasure was enough to pay of f her foreign debt with a fortune remaining. The Golden Hind was on public display for approximately 100 years before she fell apart.
Dimensions H-27.5 W-32.75 D-16 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Ships
Model Ships
Parsons, Charles H.
Aker, Raymond
Golden Hind (ship)
War Ships
Ships of Discovery
Working Ships
Subjects Model ships
Sailing ships
Ship of discovery
Warships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.
Aker, Raymond