The Wreck of the Warwick, Bermuda 1619

Author(s): Katie Bojakowski

Year: 2014


While visiting Bermuda in 1619, the earl of Warwick’s race-built galleon Warwick wrecked during a hurricane in Castle Harbour Bermuda. The ship carried the new governor of Bermuda, settlers, their possession, tools, and provisions for England’s earliest colonies across the Atlantic. Notwithstanding the official designation of the vessel as Virginia Company’s ‘magazine’ ship, the Warwick was not an ordinary freighter. It was a finely crafted vessel and a powerful fighting machine. Over the course of four field seasons, a team of archaeologists, students, and volunteers from various universities and international organizations excavated and recorded the Warwick’s hull. Already the wreck is shedding new light on 17th-century English shipbuilding techniques and Bermuda’s and America’s colonial history.

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The Wreck of the Warwick, Bermuda 1619. Katie Bojakowski. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436943)

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): SYM-40,01