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The Voyage of Jacobean England's Greatest Merchant Ship, "Trades Increase": A Microstudy of 17th-Century Global Capitalism
Richmond Barbour, Oregon State University

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“His Majesty’s Ships and the Sight of Them:” The Construction of the Prince Royal (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “His Majesty’s Ships and the Sight of Them:” The Construction of the Prince Royal
Author: Richmond Barbour
Abstract: 1609 was a year of great expectations and extravagant building projects in greater London, not least of them naval. The greatest merchant ship of the age, the Trades Increase, was christened by the king at Deptford in December while the enormous Prince Royal, the first three-decker built for the English navy, neared completion at Woolwich. The great ships were too wide of beam to pass through their respective dock-heads, however, and both launches, to the embarrassment of the builders, initially failed. Noting Jacobean England’s enjoyment of ships as mobile fortresses and engines of thunderous spectacle, the paper analyses the shipwright Phineas Pett’s relations with Prince Henry and other patrons and thus explains the surplus value of ostentation in the ship Pett built for the Prince, an exorbitant vessel that within a decade required costly retrofits to stay in service.
Date: 10/18/13
Conference Name: Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society


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