Archive Results For: The Armada

Note: Spanish Armada Prisoners’ Escape from Ireland

By David Quin

A document revealing the escape of thirty Spaniards from their English captors in Ireland. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | The Armada
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Note: Ragusa and the Spanish Armada

By Peter Pierson

The link between Ragusa and Spain is examined, and evidence given for the numerous vessels from Ragusa employed by the Spanish. Read More

Filed under: The Armada | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Ragusa and the Spanish Armada of 1588

By J.de Courcy Ireland

In the early Middle Ages the Dalmatian Republic of Ragusa, which stretched from the Peljesac peninsular down to the mouth of Boka Kotorska, developed a maritime tradition and controlled a narrow strip of coast which, for a time, successfully rivalled Venice. The arts of shipbuilding and navigation were developed to a high degree during the […] Read More

Filed under: The Armada | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design

An Assessment of the Numbers, Sizes and Types of English and Spanish Ships Mobilized for the Armada Campaign

By R.J. Lander

This article clarifies the numbers, types and sizes of ships or “effective fighting units” actually engaged in the “front line” of battle during the Armada Campaign of 1588. It further examines and compares the tonnage of these warships and auxiliaries in both the English and Spanish fleets.   The author concludes that “Spain was at no […] Read More

Filed under: The Armada
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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

English Oared Vessels of the Sixteenth Century Part II

By J.E.G. Bennell

Ten types of smaller oared vessels are considered in detail, with descriptions of each type, with dimensions, complement and capability. The galleasse and rowbarge  are the subject of a greater discussion, as ships built for naval purposes. The other types are mercantile or fishing craft hired as required for naval purposes. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | The Armada | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

English Oared Vessels of the Sixteenth Century Part I

By J.E.G. Bennell

Large fleets of fast manoeuvrable oar-powered naval galleys were maintained in the 16th century in the Mediterranean by the Turks, Venetians, French and Spanish. Being oar-powered they needed to be of light construction necessitating docking afloat. Despite being most unsuited to northern waters and no match for vessels with a broadside, there is record of […] Read More

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

Gorgas’ Seafight

By contributed by Tom Glasgow, Jr

This documentary note presents a transcription of one of four works on nautical subjects by the minor Elizabethan writer, Sir Arthur Gorgas (1557-1625). Although not a naval person, Gorgas grew up in a family with substantial senior naval service during the second half of the 16th Century. His father was an admiral in the fleet […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | The Armada | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

List of Ships in the Royal Navy from 1539 to 1588—the Navy from its Infancy to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada

By Tom Glasgow Jr

Prior to c.1535 British naval power was largely an ad hoc affair, with fleets being raised according to prevailing need and then discarded. Henry VIII”s confrontation with the Papacy gave rise to the need for a permanent Royal Navy, and in this article Glasgow details the vessels which made up this force, split out by […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | English Channel | The Armada | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Navies

Maturing of Naval Administration 1556-1564

By Tom Glasgow Jn.

A study of how eight years of sporadic conflict with France revitalised the Navy after the death of Henry VIII. The author shows how the unlikely agent of reform was Philip of Spain whose marriage to Mary Tudor had created an alliance against the French, and how a surge in shipbuilding continued to serve the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | The Armada
Subjects include: Administration | Shipbuilding & Design

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