The rescue of James II’s sinking ship illuminates the troubled English of the seventeenth century


The discovery of the historic wreck ‘Gloucester’ in nearby international waters was kept secret for fifteen years

Can be found in ‘Gloucester’.AP
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Discovery of the ship ‘Gloucester’ sank off the coast of Norfolk in 1682, in the south-east of England, is the result of the passion of two amateurs and represents a nautical landmark of international importance. I was traveling on a ship Duke of York, future James II and last Catholic King of England and Scotland, who had saved his life minutes before the shipwreck. “This discovery promises to fundamentally change our understanding of the social, maritime and political history of the 17th century,” he stressed. Claire JowithProfessor at the University of East Anglia (UEA), an expert in maritime history and an outstanding member of the research team.

The Duke had resigned from his position as Lord Chief of the Admiralty, After refusing to renounce the fundamental Catholic sacraments, and argued with the captain about the course to be taken to negotiate the dangerous marshes of Norfolk. Historians agree that he had a decisive influence on the wrong decision.

‘Gloucester’ collided with the sand at 5:30 in the morning of 6 May, about 45 kilometers from the Great Yarmouth city of England. it sank in less than an hourOn board, between 130 and 250 sailors and courtiers. They were killed for following the protocol of the time that He was prevented from leaving the ship in front of the heir to the crownAs academics remember.

The brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell found the wreck in 2007 after four years of searching and continuous diving. The sighting of the cannon was the first positive signWhereas later the appearance of the bell allowed them to confirm the identity of the boat in 2012. english team still exact location is reserved Shipwreck to protect your valuable and unique relics. It lies at the bottom of international waters, with its keel broken and part of the hull buried in the sand. There are no plans yet to bring it to dry land.

Personal belongings have been collected—something contained in the royal chest— clothing, navigation equipment, professional artifacts and even bottles of wine Artifacts without corking originally belonged to the British Ministry of Defence, although those formally recognized as personal belongings would automatically become the property of the Crown. The story of the disposal of the wreck and its national and international significance will be documented in an exhibition at Norwich Castle, Spring 2023. set for,

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