1298 - Fleet Order

Edward I’s son, in the King’s name, issued orders to Gervase Alard of Winchelsea, Admiral of the Cinque Ports from Dover to Cornwall, to build a large galley fleet of over 100 ships. The Cinque Ports, Yarmouth and Portsmouth contributed ships. A galley cost between £200 and £500 to build and took between 18 and 44 weeks to complete. Galley building had been going on steadily since 1294.