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NAS talks Discovering "The London" shipwreck; Tues 1230hrs UTC/GMT+1
TLC - 3/31/2020 7:12 AM
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During the lockdown the Nautical Archaeology Society is starting a new free online lunchtime talks series on Tuesdays at 12:30-13:00 British Summer Time (UTC/GMT+1)

Discovering "The London" shipwreck in the Thames Estuary, (UK)

"London was a 76-gun second-rate ship of the line in the Navy of the Commonwealth of England, originally built at Chatham Dockyard by shipwright John Taylor, and launched in June 1656.[2] She gained fame as one of the ships that escorted Charles II from Holland back to England during the English Restoration, carrying Charles’ younger brother James Duke of York, and commanded by Captain John Lawson.[3][4]

London was accidentally blown up in 1665 and sank in the Thames Estuary.[2] According to Samuel Pepys 300 of her crew were killed, 24 were blown clear and survived, including one woman.[5] Lawson was not aboard at the time of the explosion but many of his relatives were killed."