14. Southampton and the Navy in the Age of Henry V

14. Southampton and the Navy in the Age of Henry V
Hampshire Papers 14: Southampton and the Navy in the Age of Henry V
by Susan Rose (1998)

In the reign of Henry V, Southampton experienced a brief period of prominence as the major base of the king's ships, the force which was the forerunner of the Royal Navy of today. It was from Southampton that Henry V's fleet set sail for France in the summer of 1415, and it was in the town that the renowned Gracedieu was built - the largest ship built in England until well into the 17th century.

This paper sheds light on this little known period in Southampton's history. It describes the building of the Gracedieu and the work of William Soper, an enterprising Southampton merchant who between 1420 and 1441 held the important position of Clerk of the King's Ships in the town. Interestingly, the remains of the Gracedieu can still be seen at extreme low water at equinoctial spring tides in the River Hamble, just above Bursledon Bridge, and, using the results of archaeological excavations, photographs and plans, the paper also reveals details of its original size and construction.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 20 pages.
Published in 1998 by Hampshire County Council.
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