Henry V’s warship, the Holigost, found in Hampshire

As reported today, the wreck of Henry V’s warship the Holigost has been found buried deep in the mud of the River Hamble in Hampshire after being lost for hundreds of years.

The flagship of the Duke of Bedford was the second of four ‘great ships’ built for Henry’s campaign against the French in the Hundred Years War, and joined the fleet just a month after the Battle of Agincourt 1415.The Holigost probably sank in 1422.

Hampshire libraries and Discovery Centres have many books about Tudor history and about medieval shipbuilding. In particular, our Naval Collection at the Gosport Naval and Local Studies Library contains a major collection of books on the history of the Royal Navy and shipbuilding.

A good place to start might be The Tudor Navy by Arthur Nelson.


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