Five facts about the Henry V warship

A depiction of the royal fleet of King Edward I of England as seen in the manuscript Jean de Wavrin's 'Chronicles of England', Bruges, c.1470-80
A depiction of the royal fleet of King Edward I of England as seen in the manuscript Jean de Wavrin's 'Chronicles of England', Bruges, c.1470-80

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HERE are some facts about the 600-year-old ship called the Holigost.

HERE are some facts about the 600-year-old ship called the Holigost.

- It was a major part of Henry V’s war machine as he sought to conquer France, in a conflict most famous for the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

- The ship, which had a crew of 200 sailors and carried large numbers of soldiers to war, took part in operations between 1416 and 1420, including two of the most significant naval battles of the Hundred Years War which broke the French naval power.

- It was the flagship of the Duke of Bedford at the battle of Harfleur in 1416.

- The ship, whose name comes from Henry’s personally devotion to the Holy Trinity, was originally rebuilt from a Spanish vessel called the Santa Clara that was captured in late 1413 or early 1414 and then acquired by the English Crown.

- Underwater repair work on the ship carried out by a “dyver” called Davy Owen in 1423 may be the first-recorded example of a diver used in ship repair in England.