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The Ellesmere Naval Survey of 1583/4

Posted by Brian Jenkins, on June 12th, 2013


This survey shows first the condition of the ships in 1583, and in the second part, a plan for rolling upkeep to be undertaken between 1584 and 1597.  The survey was signed by Sir John Hawkins, Peter Pett, William Barnes and Thomas Grey. Hawkins had already been Treasurer of the navy for five years, and was responsible for the health of the navy. Pett was the master shipwright at Deptford, and Grey and Barnes were leading masters in the navy. The survey was carried out at Chatham, and reveals many details of earliest years of the dockyard, as well as the costs involved in repairs or ‘new made’.

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