The Golden Hind was the only ship to return from Sir Francis Drake's three-year circumnavigation of the world. When she docked in Plymouth on 26 September 1580, her holds were full of treasures from every corner of the world (much of it captured from Spanish galleons and colonies in the New World). Queen Elizabeth I awarded Drake a knighthood aboard the ship at Deptford on 4 April 1581, although the dubbing itself was performed by a French diplomat, Monsieur de Marchaumont. During the Victorian era, in a spirit of nationalism, the story was promoted that Elizabeth I had done the knighting.
The Golden Hind was subsequently maintained for public exhibition, remaining at Deptford for nearly 100 years before she rotted away and was finally broken up.