I went for a wander down to the town in the sunshine yesterday and took this picture of the Golden Hind in the harbour. No it's not the real one but a replica built for a TV series in the 1960s.
By coincidence my childhood home town Southend-on-Sea also had a copy of Francis Drake's boat that's now been demolished. In its heyday it housed a chamber of horrors and advertised its wares with a tableau of a torture scene outside. Just the thing that you need on a nice family day out to the seaside. A bloke with bulgy eyes was tied down and a blade swung just above his stomach. For effect there were a few drips of blood on his linen shirt. In researching this piece I came across someone who said that this gave them nightmares as a kid. I'm not bloody surprised.
When I came across the other replica of ye olde Golden Hinde on the South Bank of the Thames I was beginning to think that copies of the tudor ship must be two a penny. But this is not so. The three that I've encountered have been the only ones in existence.