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By Angus Konstam

During this publication, maritime specialist Angus Konstam explores the fledging Tudor military, tracing its heritage from its origins as a service provider fleet lower than Henry VII via to its emergence as a strong strength lower than Henry VIII. analyzing the operational use of Henry VIII's warships the writer analyses the conflict of the Solent in 1545, within which Henry's fleet took on a French fleet of 2 hundred ships - a lot better than the Spanish Armada a long time later. regardless of the well-documented lack of his flagship, the Mary Rose, Henry's smaller strength succeeded in combating a French victory. even supposing many of us can have heard of the strong Mary Rose, this e-book will inform the tale of greater than simply the tragic sinking of Henry's flagship, describing how one among history's such a lot dynamic kings grew the military from the 5 warships that have been his father's legacy to fifty three lethal gunships on the leading edge of his empire-building process. via modern illustrations and complicated art, the writer strains the altering face of warship layout in the course of the Renaissance as Henry cleared the path for English dominance of the ocean.

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This intended that the gunports at both finish will be too excessive. the answer was once to wreck the deck in a single or extra locations, successfully stepping the gundeck to correspond to the sheer of the hull. as well as the good ships or carracks of the Tudor fleet, Henry VIII additionally commissioned quite a few smaller vessels, together with galleys. 'prototype' galleasses have been integrated in Henry VII's fleet, and even if those seem to have been mothballed round 1525, Henry VIII truly came across those small oared vessels valuable, as 3 extra 80-ton galleys have been commissioned in 1512, whereas over a dozen galleasses (all lower than three hundred plenty) have been additionally extra to the fleet in the course of Henry's reign. the adaptation among the 2 used to be that whereas a galley used to be essentially an oared warship with auxiliary sails, a galleass mixed the features of a galley with a crusing send - a curious hybrid designed to mix oar energy with the all-round struggling with skill of a crusing send. In 1515 the 500-ton nice Galley used to be inbuilt Greenwich, which used to be truly a galleass just like these present in the Mediterranean on the time (see New forefront sixty two: Renaissance conflict Galley 1470-1590 for extra information). This isometric view of the is still of the Mary Rose exhibits her a lot as she seems at the present time, after an intensive programme of conservation and recovery. All that continues to be of the send is the majority of the starboard aspect, with no her forecastle and sterncastle buildings. (Mary Rose belief, Portsmouth) 2m Starboard... ~~Stem Bow / Port the remainder of the galley fleet additionally French or Mediterranean traces, and used to be created principally as a method to counter the risk posed by means of a French galley fleet. furthermore, 32 ships less than 2 hundred lots have been indexed among 1511 and 1546, of which eleven have been prizes. barks, one prize hoy, thirteen pinnaces (three of that have been prizes) and thirteen rowing barges have been additionally integrated within the rolls of Henry VIII's military Royal. Pinnaces have been single-masted vessels used as messenger boats and tenders, barges have been used to move offers, whereas the barks and the hoy have been easily in a different way rigged - or three-masted models of the fleet's smaller ships. development the Mary Rose No English paintings on shipbuilding was once released till the looks of a set of illustrated shipbuilder's notes within the later sixteenth century, a piece referred to now as Fragments of historical English Shipwrightry. without written facts, our greatest resource for realizing how the warships of Henry VIII's reign have been outfitted is the Mary Rose. The is still of this Tudor warship have been raised from the waters of Portsmouth Harbour in 1982, and at the present time those restored timbers are on demonstrate in a in particular outfitted museum. via taking a more in-depth examine her building, we would be capable to comprehend a bit extra approximately how she and her sisters have been equipped. Like her contemporaries, the Mary Rose was once equipped body first (or 'skeleton built') - that's her keel used to be laid, a sequence of well-supported frames have been hooked up to it that supplied the form of her hull, after which this constitution was once planked over utilizing the carvel procedure.

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