An Avoidable Tragedy? The Duke of York, Politics, and Naval Policy

Date / time: 16 May, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Stories of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Mary Rose

The discovery of the Gloucester warship off the coast of Great Yarmouth, wrecked while carrying a future King of England and Scotland in 1682, was announced to the world in June 2022. The shipwreck is hailed as the most significant historic maritime discovery since finding the Mary Rose in 1971.

In four events, curators of the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery exhibition titled ‘The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck, 1682’, and experts in the field, will explore the Gloucester’s stories as they are told through music, literature and history, art, and textiles.

In the second event in the series, experts on maritime history place the Gloucester wreck in debates about James, Duke of York’s leadership abilities and navy policy in the late 1670s and early 1680s. What particular qualities are required to steer the ‘ship of state’? Did issues and problems in the Royal Navy make tragedies such as the loss of the Gloucester inevitable, and how were they viewed and responded to?


  • Chair Professor Claire Jowitt, Professor of Renaissance Studies and Historical Lead, The Gloucester Project, UEA
  • Professor Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College
  • Dr J. D. Davies, Chair of The Society for Nautical Research

This event will take place at Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Norwich NR1 3JU

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