The Society Annual Lecture 1931: The Henry Grace Dieu

By L. G. Carr Laughton , published May 1931


This was the Society’s first of what became the official Annual Lecture and followed the previous year’s successful, informal gathering. Carr Laughton’s lecture was based on research undertaken in the official documents stored within the Public Records Office (now the National Archive) relating to the construction of the Henry Grace Dieu. From his findings he was able to deduce the expense of building the vessel, plus its overall dimensions. Building commenced in 1512 with two innovations; firstly, heavy guns would be mounted near the waterline for sinking enemy ships and secondly, the waterline would be girdled for protection against gunfire.

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Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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