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Sir Francis Drake's famous 'Golden Hind' up for sale

The Golden Hind is now a popular family attraction. Photo: ADPR

A rare replica of Sir Francis Drake’s historic Golden Hind ship is for sale in Brixham, Devon, for only the second time.

The full-size replica of the famous 16th-Century galleon is one of only two in the world. It was built in 1988 to replace a ship used in the 1960s TV series, Sir Francis Drake, which sank in rough seas.

It is now a major tourist attraction and educational centre that draws many thousands of visitors every year. However, ‘Brixham’s Treasure’, as the ship is known, is reluctantly being sold by owner, Neil Worrell, after the death of his wife and business partner, Jackie Robinson in January this year.

It is for sale for offers over £399,000.

The Golden Hind provides a rare opportunity for new owners looking for a lucrative leisure attraction that provides a fascinating, fun and profitable lifestyle. We want it to continue to benefit Brixham, as well as drawing worldwide visitors who want to know more about the ship, Tudor maritime life and Drake’s historic voyage.

– Neil Worrell, current owner

Part of the proceeds of the sale of the ship will be donated to charity in memory of Jackie. Neil says, “Jackie sadly left us far too early at the age of 56 from a head tumour. We have set up a charitable 'Jackie Fund' in her name and five per cent of the sale proceeds will be donated to local and national charities."