The Mary Gonson

By R.C. Anderson, published August 1960


The specification of a ship similar to those that fought against the French, signed by William Gonson and assigned to 1514, exists in the State Papers. A copy annotated by the late L G Carr Laughton was left with studies he had made in the 1930s. The 1960 paper quotes from the specification and Laughton’s notes, and reproduces his diagram made in support of his theory that the sides of ships including the Henry Grace a Dieu were ‘blistered’ to increase hull protection.   However the paper draws the contrary conclusion that a reasonable mid-ship section can be drawn, consistent with the original specification, without any ‘blister’.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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