Christopher Gunman and the Wreck of the Gloucester Part I

By P.M. Cowburn, published May 1956


The journals written by Christopher Gunman between 1662 and 1685 chart an eventful career, and this article describes the wreck of the Gloucester. Was the wreck deliberately caused by the master to bring about the death of James, Duke of York? Once the wreck was inevitable was it compounded by James’s irresolution in the face of danger to order evacuation? And how much blame lies in Gunman’s hands for not signalling to the Gloucester that she was standing into danger?   The article uses eye-witness accounts to examine the incident in detail.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

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