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The Gundeck

You are now on the gundeck. Here, the Golden Hinde’s gunners would have cleaned, loaded and fired the ship’s guns when engaging in combat with enemies at sea or on the coast. Despite the tight confines of the space, this area would also have been the living quarters of nearly sixty men. As you can see, there would have been little room for beds of any kind, and so the crew were expected to find a spot on the floor.

The gundeck is very low so as to reduce the weight of the ship above the waterline. Galleons like the Golden Hinde were designed for stability, speed and maneuverability. Being lower meant that they were considerably faster and more nimble than their loftier Spanish counterparts, giving them an advantage during battle.

The Golden Hinde
  1. Welcome to the Main Deck
  2. The Armoury
  3. Drake’s Cabin
  4. Francis Drake
  5. The Fore Deck
  6. The Fo’C’sle
  7. The Great Cabin
  8. The Gundeck
  9. Minion
  10. The Helm
  11. The Hold