The Story of the Woolwich Ship

By R. C. Anderson, published May 1959


Newspaper letters pages sometimes host historians’ debates; as when 1912 excavations near Woolwich uncovered a large ship, ascribed initially to the 18c. The timber was sold. A year later, Seymour Lucas wrote that she was the Grace-à-Dieu.   Then Leonard Laughton suggested a 17c block ship. Another correspondent wondered what 16c ship could be found in an 18c dock. Laughton insisted the dimensions, particularly the mainmast, indicated an 18c sheer-hulk. This writer pointed out that 16c masts were thick. A Committee convened but the war intervened. Laughton and the author eventually concluded the Woolwich ship was the rebuilt Grace-à- Dieu.

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Filed under: Tudors | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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