Bursledon (1418)

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This wreck was located in the mud bank of the River Hamble in southern England and is thought to be the remains of Henry V’s greatest warship, the Grace Dieu, built in 1815-18. That ship was supposedly struck by lightning at this location and partially burned and abandoned. The wreck has been examined (and sometimes robbed or otherwise violated) from 1859 on. However, a complete and scientific excavation was never accomplished.1


1. Richard Steffy, INA Shipdata Project, Texas A&M University.

2. Friel, I., “Henry V’s Grace Dieu and the wreck in the R. Hamble near Bursledon, Hampshire,” IJNA 22.1 (1993): 3-19. See also WSBIS, p. 114.

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