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Ark Royal - Elizabethan Naval ship

Built by Raleigh, and named the Ark Raleigh, purchased by Elizabeth and renamed Ark Royal (and subsequently Anne Royal Date: 1587

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Media ID 14243593

© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

1587 1588 Anne Armada Elizabethan Feb17 Pennants Raleigh Sails Shields Walter Highly Decorated


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This stunning print captures the majesty and grandeur of the Ark Royal, an Elizabethan naval vessel built under the command of Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587. Originally named the Ark Raleigh, the ship was later purchased by Queen Elizabeth I and renamed Ark Royal. The highly decorated vessel, adorned with intricately designed shields and pennants, was a symbol of England's naval power during the late 16th century. The Ark Royal was a formidable warship, measuring over 100 feet in length and boasting a complement of over 300 men. Its sails, billowing in the wind, were a sight to behold, as the ship prepared for battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The vessel's decoration was not just for show; it served a practical purpose as well, with each shield and pennant bearing the emblems of the Queen or her powerful allies, allowing friendly ships to identify each other on the battlefield. The Ark Royal's historical significance cannot be overstated. It was one of the most advanced naval vessels of its time, and its success on the battlefield played a crucial role in England's defense against the Spanish invasion. This print serves as a reminder of the courage and determination of the Elizabethan navy, and the vital role it played in shaping the course of history. The image, captured in exquisite detail, transports us back to a time of adventure, exploration, and the thrill of the sea. With its intricate decoration, billowing sails, and the sense of history that surrounds it, this print is a true masterpiece that is sure to inspire awe and admiration for generations to come.

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