1893 text

“The Sovereign of the Seas” was built at Woolwich in 1637 of timber which had been stripped of its bark while growing in the spring, and not felled till the second autumn afterwards; and it is observed by Dr. Plot (“Phil. Trans.” for 1691), in his discourse on the most seasonable time for felling timber, written by the advice of Pepys, that after forty-seven years, “all the ancient timber then remaining in her, it was no easy matter to drive a nail into it” (“Quarterly Review,” vol. viii., p. 35). — B.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

18 Jan 2004, 12:27 a.m. - Peter W Redstone

Paid for with Charles I's very unpopular Ship Money, the Sovereign of the Seas was launched in 1637. The world's first true three-decker, she was very big for her day at over 1500 tons and carried 100 guns plus. She was rebuilt as Royal Sovereign in 1660, and again in 1685 when her upper works were cut down to make her more seaworthy. An overturned candle set her on fire at her moorings at Chatham in 1697 and destroyed her. Her replacement, Royal Sovereign II was launched in 1701. She was feared by the Dutch who called her the"golden devil" on account of the lavish gold leaf applied to her ornaments.

18 Jan 2004, 3:29 a.m. - vincent

Soverayne from Arthur on Sun 18 Jan 2004, Is this the

19 Jan 2006, 12:33 a.m. - Fret

Yup! I have one of those sites in fact - www.thesovereignoftheseas.com

19 Jan 2006, 1:23 a.m. - dirk

Link for the above http://www.thesovereignoftheseas.com

31 Jan 2006, 4:18 a.m. - Terry Foreman

L&M say the 1637 copper plate engraving by John Payne (1608-1648) was the print of the 'Sovereign of the Seas' acquired by Pepys 31 January 1663, and hung by him in his Green Chamber 15 February. http://www.ingenious.org.uk/See/Transport/Watertransport/?target=SeeLarge&ObjectID={E36C428F-3E02-0CBD-5D2E-3CF6D4544FA6}&viewby=images

15 Feb 2006, 11:49 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Alternate image of the 1637 copper plate engraving by John Payne of the ‘Sovereign of the Seas’ http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10266004&wwwflag=&imagepos=4

29 Sep 2006, 10:13 p.m. - dirk

Another image The Sovereign of the Seas, circa 1630: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19396/19396-h/images/384.jpg

23 Dec 2006, 10:54 p.m. - Pedro

Sovereign of the Seas. In July of 1641 John Evelyn had visited Chatham while at Gravesend and waiting to sail to Flushing. In the dockyard was the jewel of the fleet, the Sovereign of the Seas, double the tonage of any previos ship in the English navy and built for an astounding £40,000. The prodigious vessel, "for burthen, defense and ornament the richest that ever spread cloth before the wind", was built using taxes raised without parliamentary sanction but legalised by the judicary... "It cost his Majestie the affections of his subjects" Evelyn would write. (John Evelyn, Living for Ingenuity by Gillian Darley)

21 Jan 2007, 11:28 p.m. - brian lupei

I have the print in my personal collection. It is #8 of 2659 and was hand colored. If any one is interested in purchasing this piece they can contact me via my email address.

17 Apr 2008, 6:46 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"Sovereign of the Seas: Dreadnought of the 17th Century" by James Bloom (*Sea Classics*, Apr 2006) http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4442/is_200604/ai_n17181914/pg_1

13 Aug 2008, 12:37 a.m. - Michael Robinson

van de Velde drawings of the Royal Sovereign circa 1661: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=PAI7257 circa 1670-75: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=PAJ2302 http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=PAG6220 http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=PAH3927

24 May 2022, 2:50 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

Cosmo, the future Grand Duke of Turin, visited The Royal Sovereign on May 27, 1669: see https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/643/#c555847


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