The Mystery of the Tonnage and Dimensions of the Pelican-Golden Hind

By F. C. Prideaux Naish, published February 1948


This article investigates the tonnage and dimensions of Drake’s ship by following a trail of clues, working from the dimensions of the dock at Deptford, through the reckoning used before 1581 and in 1628, to a statement of tonnage in a letter from Don Francisco to the Viceroy of New Spain.

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Filed under: Francis Drake | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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