The Golden Hinde was a 16th century warship which circumnavigated the world between 1577 and 1580 under Francis (later Sir Francis) Drake. The original Golden Hinde was, effectively, a pirate ship enjoying tacit support of Queen Elizabeth I whose main target was the lumbering Spanish galleons loaded with gold and silver in transit from South America to Spain. The Golden Hinde had a speed of about seven knots compared to the three-four knots of the galleons.