Archive Results For: Tudors

The Madre de Dios, the Taking of the Carrack

By E.W. Bovill

This describes the capture in the year 1592, near the island of Flores, in the Azores, of the Portuguese carrack Madre de Dios, homeward bound from Cochin, by an English fleet during the war between England and Spain. The naval action is discussed, the value of the cargo is estimated and the manner of its […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Navy in the French Wars of Mary and Elizabeth: Part II First Elizabethan Undeclared War, 1559 – 1560

By Tom Glasgow Jr.

French troops in Scotland enforcing Catholicism and promoting the claim of Mary Queen of Scots to the English throne, forced Elizabeth I to agree to an unofficial naval expedition to neutralize and remove those forces. Admiral William Winter expertly and successfully led the expedition that neutralized the French land campaign by capturing its supplies held […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Crompster in Literature and Pictures

By R.H. Boulind

The Crompster is a little known vessel similar to a hoy or a galley that came to prominence in the late Elizabethan period mostly for merchant service on the shoal waters of the English Channel. Sprit-sail or smack-sail rigged, manoeuvrable and shoal draft, they could carry a heavy armament if necessary. The article traces the […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The Navy in the French Wars of Mary and Elizabeth: Part I Philip and Mary’s War 1557 – 1558

By Tom Glasgow Jr.

After the conclusion of peace with France and Scotland in 1550 there followed a period of six years when England was free from any external threat. With the country wallowing in debt the Navy continued to be severely depleted until a chance intervention by Philip, for his own political ends, arrested the decline. When war […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Oared Vessels in the Elizabethan Navy

By Tom Glasgow Jr

While few in number, this article explores the roles and details of both the larger galleys and smaller brigantines (also called brigandines). It then examines rowbarges, which, given a tonnage rather than just a crew size, were used up to 1563. It studies pinnaces and while small ones were certainly oared whether those listed around […] Read More

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

Elizabethan Ships Pictured on Smerwick Map, 1580: Background, Authentication and Evaluation

By Thomas Glasgow Jnr. and W. Salisbury

The first part by Glasgow describes the events leading up to the creation of the Smerwick Map, an invasion of Ireland in 1579 led by an Irish renegade, Fitzmaurice, followed after it had been defeated by loyalist forces, by an invasion by Spanish forces, who were also defeated. The map was created by eyewitnesses shortly […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design

Early Tonnage Measurement in England Part I

By William Salisbury

The armament and complement of a warship defined size; only cargo capacity described a merchant ship. Fourteenth century owners estimated total cargo capacity on wine tuns. Hire and port dues were levied accordingly.   The Tudors introduced a bounty for building larger ships, and paid additional hire on crew and armament space. An easier way of […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | High Middle Ages | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Ship-paintings in the Alhambra

By R.C. Anderson

The Alhambra at Granada houses a series of wall-paintings which consist of eight sea-pieces with a great number of ships of all kinds in each. As the work of one Alexander Mayner, these paintings are devoted to the expedition of Charles V to Tunis in 1535. These paintings depict those ships built between 1523 and […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Ralegh Plans His Last Voyage

By Ernest A. Strathmann

The content of the Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript (G. B. 10) is the basis of this article a folio containing various manuscripts linked to maritime activity in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Strathmann’s article primarily focuses upon a document believed to have been wrote c. 1614 by Sir Walter Ralegh. In this Ralegh […] Read More

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

Drake at San Juan De Puerto Rico

By G. R. Hewitt

This article covers part of the last voyage of Drake and Hawkins, the 1595 Panama expedition, in which they failed in their attempt to capture treasure stored at San Juan, on a peninsula on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The attacks were preceded by the death of Hawkins. The town had been warned of […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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