Vice-Admiral Woodhouse and Shipkeeping in the Tudor Navy
Shipkeepers were professional navy men, maintaining royal ships in peace and forming cadres for wartime crews. Not until Elizabeth 1’s reign was a regular pattern of perpetual shipkeeping established. Vice Admiral Sir William Woodhouse’s ‘book’ on the keeping of the Queen’s ships in Gillingham provided a valuable template to follow, used shortly after his death in 1564. Three ranks of officers were retained as permanent crew: masters of the largest ships, boatswains and master gunners. The evidence suggests that Woodhouse played an important role in establishing this vital phase of the navy’s permanent organisation.
Filed under: Tudors
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea