Henry VIII’s “Great Galley”

By R.C. Anderson, published September 1920


On 25th October 1515, just over a year after the launch of the Henry Grace a Dieu, another remarkable ship was added to the English Navy. Named at the launch Princess Mary or Virgin Mary, she was generally known as the Great Galley and for nearly 50 years was one of the largest ships in the Navy, and was not the same ship as the Mary Rose. This article reviews the sources that justify this assertion, despite suggestions to the contrary.

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

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