The Ship-Money Fleet

By Florence E. Dyer, published May 1937


This article celebrates the 300th anniversary of the so-called ‘Ship-Money Fleet’ subsidised by inland levies. The 27-ship strong naval force of King Charles I, intended to control rampant piracy in the English Channel and Holland fishermen too close for comfort in the North Sea, was plagued with setbacks. Manpower was a recurring problem. The pirates were routinely sheltered by neutral ports. Thanks to the perseverance of the Earl of Northumberland, however, these issues were eventually resolved, one by one. Dutch vessels were required to pay for fishing licenses, for example.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Whaling & Fishing

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