1558 - Plague

Plague killed more than half of the population of Portsmouth and the surrounding area. (See 1349, 1625 and 1665/6)

Navy list of 27 ships and pinnaces with 3,565 crew costing £1,436 per month in wages and £1,782 in victuals.

On Queen Elizabeth accession to the throne she inherited a fleet of 35 vessels and the dockyards were working with vigour on repairing and rebuilding. At Deptford 228 men were working on 5 ships: at Woolwich 175 men were working on 8 ships while at Portsmouth 154 men were working on 9 ships