Author Results for P.M. Cowburn

Christopher Gunman and the Wreck of the Gloucester Part II

By P.M. Cowburn

In 1682, when the frigate Gloucester carrying the Duke of York was wrecked off the Norfolk coast, the royal yacht Mary, captained by Christopher Gunman, rescued the Duke and 26 of the crew. Yet Gunman was court-martialled on the grounds that the Mary, on the lee bow of the Gloucester, had failed to fire a […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Christopher Gunman and the Wreck of the Gloucester Part I

By P.M. Cowburn

The journals written by Christopher Gunman between 1662 and 1685 chart an eventful career, and this article describes the wreck of the Gloucester. Was the wreck deliberately caused by the master to bring about the death of James, Duke of York? Once the wreck was inevitable was it compounded by James’s irresolution in the face […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship