The Golden Hinde - 2023 Re-rigging Project

by Angus Francis Coleman in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th June 2023 we successfully raised £317 with 9 supporters in 94 days

The Golden Hinde is raising money for essential maintenance work on the rigging in order to preserve the ship so it can remain open.

by Angus Francis Coleman in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We are 50 this year

We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Golden Hinde's launch with a fundraising campaign to raise funds to maintain the ship and continue educating schools and visitors.


The Golden Hinde requires essential maintenance work on the rigging in order to remain open. We urgently need your support as preparation for the project has already started.

The rig; the masts, spars, standing and running rigging, are vital elements of a sailing ship at sea. When we travelled around the world, the maintenance of the rig was a daily task. Simple jobs such as whipping the end of sail gasket through to very occasionally 'sending everything down' when in port, were critical for the safety of both crew and ship.


Today, The Golden Hinde no longer sails the oceans, and many of these tasks can be undertaken less frequently, but they are still needed to ensure the safety of our visitors.

The last time we sent down all the spars and un-stepped the masts was in 2012 and now the time has come to carry out a thorough overhaul. There can be no further delay.

To this end we have been preparing for this work since the easing of Covid restrictions. It is important that the rig is down for the shortest time, so our Refit Team has been busy sourcing materials and building replacement items such as new fighting tops, those platforms half-way up the fore and main masts.


Those preparations are now complete and the time has come to 'get on with the job'.

We are fortunate to have many of the skills we will need in our Refit Team. However this is not just a matter of fixing broken or rotting rigging, all work has to be historically correct in line with our ethos for The Golden Hinde, so this requires an even more specific skillset.

For this reason, a crew member from 1989 when we were visiting ports in the Gulf of Mexico is joining us to oversee the work. After several years with our ship, Matt Otto went on to become the leading authority on the rigging of period ships, recently masterminding the refit of Mayflower 2 for Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts.

The rig is part of what we offer. Apart from ensuring total safety for all, this rig refit is our moment to further underwrite the historical integrity of this little ship.


The Golden Hinde is an independent museum. We are not a registered charity but reinvest all profits back into our organisation. We've not paid dividends in 30 years.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£210 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Gift a school tour to your local school

Gift a school tour to a school of your choice for up to 30 children. One of our education programmes, from EYFS to KS4, delivered free of charge to a school of your choosing.

£5 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Francis Drake colouring book

Receive a copy of our colouring book telling the history of Francis Drake's circumnavigation.

£7 or more

1 of 20 claimed

The Golden Hinde Encompassed guide book

Receive a copy of our A5 guide book detailing the two histories of the ship.

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Annual pass for one child and one adult

Visit the ship as many times as you like for a year. The annual pass for one child and one adult will last a year from its allocation date. Does not include any activities with additional costs.

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Two tickets to a live music event

A ticket for you and a friend to attend a live music event aboard the ship and enjoy a free drink each. For gigs taking place in 2023 (subject to availability).

£40 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Annual pass for family of 4

Visit The Golden Hinde whenever you want as a family. The annual pass will last a year from the allocation date. Does not include any activities which have an additional cost.

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Group tour for 10 people

Enjoy an hour's tour of the ship with 10 of your favourite people led by one of our expert guides.

£120 or more

1 of 5 claimed

VIP Night Voyage Tickets - one adult and one child

Night Voyage tickets for an adult and child with a VIP visit of the ship before sleepover. To be claimed by end of 2024

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Escape game aboard the ship for 6 people

Experience Escape From The Golden Hinde with 5 of your friends. To be claimed by the end of 2023.

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Evening Prosecco tour for 20 people

Exclusive one hour evening Prosecco tour of the ship for you and your friends, your group of up to 20 people will have the whole ship to yourselves to explore. Subject to available dates.

£1,200 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Exclusive Night Voyage (Great for Kids' Parties)

The Golden Hinde's famous Night Voyage. An overnight living history experience for a group of 25 adults and children, great for 7th - 11th birthdays to be claimed by May 2024. The Golden Hinde has been running overnight living histories since the early 90's, and is an engaging and atmospheric venue. Children and adults alike can't help but fall into character and follow the stories abounding. Subject to availability of dates.

£1,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Evening Drinks & Hire

Evening drinks and hire for up to 50 guests for 3 hours (subject to available dates) The Golden Hinde is a unique space in the heart of London for all social occasions. With an onboard bar serving cold draught local beer, your guests/clients will not forget this evening in a hurry. This package is for 3 hours exclusive hire, event staff, and includes drinks. We also have arrangements with local food stalls and caterers.

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