The Royal Sovereign, 1685

By L. G. Carr Laughton, published May 1932


Carr Laughton follows up a piece in an earlier MM in his attempt to ascertain whether the Royal Sovereign was remodelled during her ‘large repairs’ of 1651, 1659-60 and 1684-5. Having compared the surveyed dimensions of the Sovereign during her career he concluded that, although virtually renewed following the last repair, she retained the same dimensions and outdated form as when built. In a seventeenth century parallel with today, he discovered that the quote provided by the Admiralty shipwrights for her modernisation was unacceptable and a lower quote was obtained from a private enterprise.

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

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