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, published August 1970


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 reigning monarch, from the Henrican Navy of 1540 to that of Elizabeth I at the time of the Armada in 1588.

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

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