The English Naval Shipbuilding Programme of 1664

By Frank Fox , published August 1992


This article examines in detail the first of the two naval shipbuilding programmes of the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664 – 67). Areas explored include the urgent need for the programme, decision makers, initial establishment and rates, allocation of shipyards and principal shipwrights, variable costings by yard, reconsideration of second and fourth rate numbers, involvement of private shipyards, timber availability and transport difficulties relative to shipyard locations, shipwright expertise variances and jealousies, unauthorized shipbuilding additions or alterations, listing of tonnage; complement; and armament of ships built, and the exceptional success of this programme proved by the historic record of its ships.

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Filed under: Dutch Wars | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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