Archive Results For: Tudors

Note: The Ownership of Drake’s Golden Hind

By Paul Williams

The discovery of a document among the records of the High Court of the Admiralty proves that Drake himself owned the Golden Hind, which he had had built Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Note: A Pirate’s Log ?

By N.A.M. Rodger

An interesting document in the National Archives appears to show the calculations of an Elizabethan pirate who may have visited the North Cape. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Pirates | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: A Pirate’s Log?

By N.A.M. Rodger

It is surmised that this scrap of paper in The National Archives is a portion of a pirate’s log, detailing a voyage in the Mediterranean on the back of a chart showing the North Cape. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

A Levy of Seamen in the Cinque Ports 1602

By J.J.N. McGurk

Keeping a fleet at sea to intercept the Spanish fleet, anticiapted off Ireland, meant that manning the English ships became a prime concern. Orders were sent to the Cinque Ports ordering the appropriate authorities to assist ‘with all expedition’ in drafting men into the navy.   The men were to be properly clothed, having been properly […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Press Gangs | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

Spinola’s Galleys in the Narrow Seas, 1599–1603

By Randal Gray

Randal Gray focuses on Frederico Spinola, scion of an influential and wealthy Genoese family who persuaded King Philip III to give him command of an amphibious raiding force of six galleys based on Flanders as a precursor to an invasion of Elizabeth’s realm. Spinola’s innovative use of galleys – a weapon falling out of favour, […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Navies

Vice-Admiral Woodhouse and Shipkeeping in the Tudor Navy

By Tom Glasgow, Jr

Shipkeepers were professional navy men, maintaining royal ships in peace and forming cadres for wartime crews. Not until Elizabeth 1’s reign was a regular pattern of perpetual shipkeeping established. Vice Admiral Sir William Woodhouse’s ‘book’ on the keeping of the Queen’s ships in Gillingham provided a valuable template to follow, used shortly after his death […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea

The Rock of Sintra: Colombus’s Landfall

By Robert M. Rose

The paper argues that the subject matter of a painting in the National Maritime Museum has been wrongly described. The author maintains that it depicts Colombus’s landfall on return to Europe in 1493 after his first voyage of discovery and not the Infanta Donna Beatriz arriving in Villefranche in 1522. A following Note from the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

The Old Poor Law and Maritime Apprenticeship

By E.G. Thomas

Tudor legislation, as amended from time to time until the dissolution of the Old Poor Law in 1834, made provision for the apprenticing of pauper children at the expense of the parish. Indentures and other documents show boys apprenticed to maritime trades, and bound to the masters of fishing vessels and of coastal ships. After […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

Spanish Armada Guns

By I.A.A. Thompson

In this article, the author goes into great detail researching the guns of the Spanish Armada of 1588, and reappraised the conclusions reached in The Spanish Armada, by Michael Lewis.  In some ways, Lewis is confirmed, but generally it is proven that the Spanish were sufficiently under gunned, when compared to the English, that they […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | The Armada
Subjects include: Weapons

Comments on ‘List of Ships in the Royal Navy from 1539 to 1588’

By Tom Glasgow, Jr

This article is a sequel to this author’s work given in the title, in which he provides additional information on L’Artigo, Mary Willoughby, Bark Ager, The Galley Mermaid, The Galley Elleanor and the Row Barges of Henry VIII in the light of recent comments from readers. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology

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