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Grace Dieu
Location  

Place Name : R. Hamble, Hants.

Lat / Long : 50 ° 51 ' 31 '' North - 1 ° 17' 14'' West System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : Built : 1420  
Shipyard : Southampton
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History
Sunk : 1436 Cause : struck by lightning and burnt Date Found :
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Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
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Access : unknown
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : An area within 75m radius of National Grid Reference Co-ordinate 501105 on Ordnance Survey Map 196, scale 1:50,000 or position 50 51' 31" N., 01 17' 14" W. excluding any part of the area which lies above the high-water mark of ordinary spring tides. Chart affected: 2022. This site is a designated Historic Wreck under the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973
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Henry V's Grace Dieu was built in Southampton at a time when European nations were competing to build the biggest possible warships and her construction pushed to the limits the same techniques used by the Vikings. Too expensive to use and too prestigious to risk, she was something of a white elephant from the moment she was launched around 1420. Almost immediately mothballed at her moor ing in the Hamble, she eventually sank in 1436 having been struck by lightning and burnt. Between 1980 and 1985 the wreck was recorded by the Archaeological Research Centre of the National Maritime Museum.
ADU designation: February 5, 1974; 1974 No. 2; 1974/56.
ADU licences: 1980 survey; 1982 survey; 1983-5 excavation; 1988-94 survey.

References :
Anderson, R. C., 1938, Bursledon ship. MM 24: 112-3. Anderson, R. C., 1934a, Bursledon ship. MM 20:158-70. Anderson, R. C., 1934b, Wreck in the R. Hamble. Antiquiries Journal 14: 1-6. Brock, E. P. L., 1876, Discovery of an ancient warship near Botley. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 32: 70-1. Carpenter-Turner, W. J., 1954, The building of the Grace Dieu, Valentine and Falconer at Southampton 1416-1420. MM 40: 55-72. Coulton, R. L., 1980, Breadth of Grace Dieu (1418). MM 66: 232. Fox, C. F., 1947, Viking ship in the River Hamble. Proc. of the Hampshire Field Club 16: 163-5. Friel, I., 1993, Henry V's Grace Dieu and the wreck in the R. Hamble near Bursledon, Hampshire. IJNA 22.1: 3-19. Clarke, R. et al, 1993, Recent work on the R. Hamble wreck near Bursledon, Hampshire. IJNA 22.1: 21-44. McGrail, S., 1993, The future of the Designated Wreck site in the R. Hamble. IJNA 22.1: 45-51. Prynne, M. W., 1977, The dimensions of the Grace Dieu. MM 63: 6-7. Prynne, M. W., 1968, Henry V's Grace Dieu. MM 54: 115-28. Prynne, M. W., 1938, Medieval man-of-war. Royal Engineers' Journal 52: 273-88. Rose, S., 1977, Henry V's Grace Dieu and mutiny at sea: some new evidence. MM 63: 1-6.
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