Royal Yacht Mary
The Discovery of the First Royal Yacht
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
On the night of March 25, 1675, the Mary foundered off the coast of Anglesey. The circumstances of the loss of this first royal yacht have long been a mystery; when the wreck was discovered in 1971, it was hoped that some of the lingering questions related to the yacht’s fateful voyage would be answered, but the subsequent excavation only led to a demand for greater legal protection for ocean wrecks. This fascinating volume explores the intriguing saga behind the Mary and provides a gripping account of both the disastrous wreck and its excavation.
Matthew Tanner explores this intriguing saga and provides a gripping and authoritative account of the disaster and of the discovery of the wreck and its excavation. The story is completed by a catalogue of the finds and a full examination of the archaeological evidence.
Chapter One: “That Curious Piece” – The Story Of The First Royal Yacht
Chapter Two: “Feuding Frogmen” – The Mary Discovered
Chapter Three: “Riddle Of The Royal Yacht…” – Mary Excavated
Chapter Four: “An Extremely Exposed And Dangerous Site” – The Wreck Today
Chapter Five: “By What Unhappy Chance She Sank…”? – The Mystery Of The Mary
Appendix One: Documents As Sources For The Mary
Appendix Two: Artefacts As Sources For The Mary
Appendix Three: Coins Recovered From The Royal Yacht Mary Site by Simon C. Bean
Appendix Four: The Ceramic And Glass Assemblage From The Royal Yacht Mary by Peter J. Davey and Christine M. Longworth
Appendix Five: The Guns Of The Royal Yacht Mary by Rudi Roth
Appendix Six: Tidal Conditions At The Time Of The Wreck Of The Royal Yacht Mary In 1675 by D.E. Cartwright