The Bursledon Ship
The author recounts the 1933 excavation of the remains of an ancient vessel, sunk in the mud of the Hamble River, between Southampton and Portsmouth. The vessel was at least 125 feet long and clinker-built, using a rather elaborate form of this building technique. The large size, evidence of destruction by fire, and location of the wreck suggest it could be the Grace Dieu of Henry V, burnt in 1439. Details of the vessel’s construction are discussed, and illustrated with 11 figures, including sections, plans and sketches.