Big Ships in History

By R.C. Anderson, published February 1913


There are many references to be found here and there to ships of a remarkable size for their epoch. The English Regent, for instance, a ship of 1489, is said to have been of 1,000 tons, and was in all probability the biggest ship of her time. The first figures available, those for the Scottish ship Great Michael, of 1506, are somewhat startling. She is said to have been 240 ft. long over all, and 36 ft. broad within board, while her sides were “ten foot thick in the wall and boards, on every side so slack, and so thick that no cannon could go through her.” She was lost at sea in 1512.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | American Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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