Henry V’s Warship: A Vessel Investigation


Soaring high in the skies over Hampshire is not the first place you would think to discover a 600-year-old warship, yet recently a historian is believed to have spotted a 15th century shipwreck from just such a vantage point. The Holigost, one of the four ‘great’ ships built for King Henry V as he sought to conquer France, has potentially been identified in the mudded banks of the River Hamble. The wreck of the Holigost was recognised in an aerial photograph and will now undergo extensive research. If confirmed, a whole new understanding of shipbuilding and naval warfare could set sail.

Words by Flora Hackett