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Sovereign of the Seas

The Seventeenth-Century Warship

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Author: James Sephton

Charles I's authoritative and intolerant rule as monarch, and the unpopular Ship Money tax which he initiated, were instrumental in creating the most splendid and controversial warship in English history. She was the grandest venture hitherto created, remarkable for her size, beauty and heavy armament. Even her name, the Sovereign of the Seas, suggested pride and pomp. Designed and built by Phineas Pett, and ably assisted by his son Peter as Master Builder, her keel was laid in December 1635 at Woolwich Royal Dockyard. She was safely launched in October 1637. Her graceful lines are a delight to any ship modeller. Her description and history are intriguing. Very little is known about her. Many authors have praised and applauded her. She remains an enigma - a puzzle for subsequent historians. Each successive researcher quotes the facts previously published. The author, James H. Sephton, has been engrossed for many years in the self appointed task of researching and compiling a definitive history. Original paintings, drawings and models are elucidated. Her size in term of tonnage, a description of her decorative carvings and rigging is described. Her history in the various actions during the Dutch Wars is discussed. There are accompanying plates, drawings, maps, lists and tables. This present study, therefore, contains much hitherto unpublished material. It is preserved as a record for posterity. It is also a dedication to the efforts of naval historians past, present and future.

Book ISBN 9781445601687

Book Format Hardback

pages 288 pages

Publication Date 15 Feb 2011

Height 248

Width 172

Illustrations 199

Regular Price: £25.00

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What a fantastic book (e-book)! Review by Luuk
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What a fantastic book ! I have the e-book and because I build the model of this ship, I was indeed flabbergasted by the unbelievable amount of info and data I got from this book. So, I had to have it as a printed version as well, to be able to quickly refer to the book when I encounter problems with the model. Thank you, James Sephton. And my sincere greetings from The Netherlands! (Posted on 21/12/2015)

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