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The Weapons of Warwick

Author(s): Maureen C. Merrigan

Year: 2013

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At the beginning of the 17th century, Sir Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, christened his most recent venture. The Warwick was a mid-sized English vessel designed to ply the warm waters of the Caribbean and Bermuda. In the fall of 1619 she carried a cargo of supplies into Castle Harbour, Bermuda. While at anchor, a hurricane tore her from her anchors and dashed her against the reefs. Although salvaged after her sinking, recent excavation of the Warwick has revealed a wide variety of armament and weaponry. The assemblage presents an excellent overview of the types of arms used aboard ships at the beginning of the 17th century, including a newly recovered cannon. Careful study of the armament will reveal if the Warwick was armed for self-defense or for more lucrative pursuits.

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The Weapons of Warwick. Maureen C. Merrigan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428377)


Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 473

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America