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Around the World
This is the Gold Edition of the Golden Hind, a moderately difficult Metal Earth model with about 25 pieces on two sheets of gold-colored metal. Assembled, it measures 4.29" x 1.37" x 3.51" (11 x 3.5 x 9 cm). Circumnavigating the world is the Golden Hind's claim to fame.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was formerly called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
When captain Francis Drake set sail in 1577, his ship was called the Pelican. Drake renamed her as she was about to enter the Straits of Magellan midway through her voyage. The Golden Hind (or Hinde; spelling was a little lax back then) honored his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose sigil was a golden hind (female deer). Drake wasn't in it entirely for exploration, though. Queen Elizabeth was interested in exploring the coast that lay beyond the Strait of Magellan on the other side of South America, but she also mentioned revenge "on the king of Spain for divers injuries that we have received." Although Drake acted as a privateer without the crown's official blessing, his actions would eventually lead to the Anglo-Spanish War.
The Pelican was a small ship displacing only 100 tons and having a crew of 80. In 1579, the renamed ship, now in the Pacific Ocean, captured a Spanish galleon carrying the largest treasure ever captured at that time. It took six days to collect six tons of treasure worth 360,000 pesos. Drake and the Golden Hinde finally returned to Plymouth Harbour in 1580 with only 56 of his original crew still aboard. Overlooking his piracy, the queen boarded the ship and knighted Drake on the spot. Her share of the treasure came to 160,000 pounds, which was enough to pay off her entire foreign debt with money left over.
After the voyage the Golden Hind became the first ship ever to be maintained for public exhibition on the strength of her history. She was berthed at Plymouth for 100 years before she finally rotted away and broke up. Some of the ship's wood was fashioned into furniture that still exists, as does the ship's lantern.