An Assessment of the Numbers, Sizes and Types of English and Spanish Ships Mobilized for the Armada Campaign

By R.J. Lander, published November 1977


This article clarifies the numbers, types and sizes of ships or “effective fighting units” actually engaged in the “front line” of battle during the Armada Campaign of 1588. It further examines and compares the tonnage of these warships and auxiliaries in both the English and Spanish fleets.   The author concludes that “Spain was at no great disadvantage so far as warships were concerned and that the pronounced superiority in both numbers and sizes of auxiliaries more than countered England’s five largest warships”.

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Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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