Explorers have discovered the wreck of a royal warship that sank in 1682 while carrying a future king of England, Ireland, and Scotland. The boat named the HMS Gloucester was travelling from southern England to Scotland when it ran aground while navigating sandbanks off the town of Great Yarmouth on the eastern English coat.
James Stuart, the son of King Charles 1, survived the wreck and went on to reign as King James II of England and Ireland. He then reigned as James VII of Scotland from 1685 to 1688 when he was deposed by the Glorious Revolution.
The wreck was found in 2007 by brothers Julian and Lincoln Barwell and others after a four-year search. It was concretely identified in 2012 with the discovery of the ship’s bell. The discovery was made public this Friday, because it took time to confirm the identity of the ship.
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