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September 13, 2004

Cromwell's navy

Investigation of remains of a sailor found at the wreck site of Commonwealth warship Swan reveal elements of life in Oliver Cromwell's navy.

The remains were found on the Swan - the last warship to be built for Charles I and originally designed to fight pirates off Ireland. During the Civil War, it swapped sides and eventually became part of Cromwell's navy, taking part in skirmishes off the west coast of Scotland. It was sunk on Sept 13, 1653, off the Isle of Mull and now lies crushed on the sea bed, 30 feet below the surface.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 13, 2004 09:17 AM

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