This article appeared in the Summer 1978 (Issue #52) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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Letter to the Editor --
MORE NEWS OF THE GOLDEN HIND.
In reference to your article on the search for the 'Golden Hind'. I recently came across an interesting reference to this which could help to prove that in fact, the 'Golden Hind' was broken up many years since. I refer to pages 82 and 85 in Chats on Old Furniture by Arthur Hayden (1905). In this book he states the following:
"In the Bodleian Library at Oxford there is preserved a chair of fine workmanship and of historic memory. It was made from the oak timbers of the 'Golden Hind', the ship in which Sir Francis Drake made his adventurous voyage of discovery round the world.
'Queen Elizabeth came to Deptford and came aboard the 'Golden Hind' and there she did make Captain Drake, Knight, in the same ship, for reward of his services; his armes were given him, a ship on the world. Which ship, by her Majesties commandment, is lodged in a dock at Deptford, for a monument to all posterity'.
It remained for many years at Deptford Dockyard and became the resort of holiday folk, who made merry in the cabin, which was converted into a miniature banqueting hall; but when it was too far decayed to be repaired it was broken up, and a sufficient quantity of sound wood was selected from it and made into a chair which was presented to the University of Oxford. This was in the time of Charles II."
The poet Cowley has written some lines on it, in which he says that Drake and his 'Golden Hind' could not have wished a more blessed fate, since to
'this Pythagorean ship A seat of endless rest is given To her in Oxford, and to him in heaven.'