Galleons for a Transatlantic World

Author(s): Jon Adams

Year: 2013


Galleons for a Transatlantic World

The late 16th and early 17th centuries was a period in which English shipping saw the emergence of what might be termed a second generation of carvel construction in which the ‘galleon’ was developed from the carrack derivatives and galleases of Henry VIII’s time. Nowhere are these more beautifully portrayed than in Matthew Baker’s Fragments of Ancient English Shipwrightry preserved in the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge. But astonishingly the remains of several English ships from this period survive in Bermuda, the first being Sea Venture, whose stranding on the reefs in 1609 began the permanent settlement of the islands. With the establishment of the colony in 1612 a succession of English ships voyaged to Bermuda on colonial business, many of them never to return, the best preserved being the Warwick (1619).

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Galleons for a Transatlantic World. Jon Adams. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428382)


Atlantic World Bermuda Ships

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
16th - 17th centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 680