Archive Results For: Tudors

‘The Rutter of the Sea’

By W. Senior

An early use of printing in England was the production of a translation by Copland of a French ‘rutter’ between 1528 and 1560. ‘Rutter’ is a mistranslation of ‘Routier’.  Caxton set up in business in Westminster in 1476 and by 1528 the early English press was producing a manual and pilot book for the use […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Early Naval Ordnance

By W.G. Perrin

This article transcribes information gleaned from a document dated 17th July 1585, in which Francis Drake lists the ordnance and ordnance stores received to equip the ships Bonaventure and Aid. Charts itemize the numbers and weight of guns for each ship, and the ordnance stores for each, listing stores both by the type of cannon […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Atlantic | Francis Drake | The Armada
Subjects include: Logistics | Navies | Weapons

The Development of the Capital Ship Part II

By Gregory Robinson

These comments follow up on the author’s first article on the subject (MM 4 (1), pp 14-19), responding to various criticisms of the earlier piece. Robinson defends his original conclusions (based on the writings of authorities such as Monson and Boteler) concerning the number and arrangement of decks on sixteenth-century warships. Using contemporary written works […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Miches, Capsquares and Trunnion Bands

By Geoffrey Callender

I believe that Tudor ” miches, bolts and forelocks ” were simply trunnion fittings. I think that the ” miche ” was what to-day we call the ” cap-square” ; and on the after side of the trunnion I think it was fastened, or jointed, to the ” Bolt,” an iron rod that probably passed […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | High Middle Ages | English Channel | The Armada | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons


By R. Morton Nance

Mentioned by Elizabethan writers along with such small craft as crayers, drumblers, hoys and barks, one frequently comes upon the name of the cromster, crumster, or crompster. The definition or cromster in the New English Dictionary as ” a kind of galley or hoy,” based upon Raleigh’s mention of” two or three crumsters or gallies,” […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

The Budleigh Bench-End

By Geoffrey Callender

A response to a critique by H.H. Brindley (M.M. 1914.2), advanced by reference to the likely comparative date of a Tudor bench-end carving in a church in East Budleigh near Exmouth, of the author’s dating in his earlier article (MM 1913.12) of another bench-end carving of a ship in a church at Bishops Lydeard near […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous | Ship Models & Figureheads

The Master’s Whistle

By Gregory Robinson

Quotes from Hakluyt and Shakespeare are used to illustrate the evolving usage of the Whistle to Boatswains Call carried at various time by the Lord Admiral, the captain, the master, coxswain eventually settling with the boatswain described as a “bawling blasphemous fellow, born to be hanged maybe but a man of boundless energy” (The Tempest). […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Great Harry

By W Boultbee Whall

The author is concerned to confirm the identity of a ship shown in a print by Allan made in 1756 said to be taken from a painting by Holbein of Henry VIII’s Grace Dieu built in 1514. There has been some doubt that this is the ship shown in the print but the article contends […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Figure-Heads and Beak-Heads of the Ships of Henry VIII

By H S Vaughan

The article takes up a subject touched on in previous articles and correspondence in the Mariner’s Mirror relating to the bows of 16th century warships. From contemporary drawings is observed that both galleases (sail and oar driven) and ships (sail only) had a ram-shaped beak-head but not, on English-built ships, a decorative figure-head. The author […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Two Ships on Bench-Ends in West Country Churches

By H H Brindley

In a previous article by G Callender a ship carved on a church bench-end had been dated to the reign of Henry VII. The author discusses the style of carving and the features of the ship and suggests that it may have been carved around the 1530s Evidence is drawn by comparison with a second […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

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