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"Henry Grace of God", popularly known as the Great Harry, was an English carrack or "great ship" of the 16th century. She had a large forecastle four decks high, and a stern castle two decks high. She was 165 feet (50 m) long, weighing 1,000–1,500 tons and having a complement of 700–1,000. It is said that she was ordered by Henry VIII in response to the Scottish ship Michael, launched in 1511.

She was originally built at Woolwich Dockyard from 1512 to 1514 and was one of the first vessels to feature gunports and had twenty of the new heavy bronze cannon, allowing for a broadside. In all she mounted 43 heavy guns and 141 light guns. She was the first English two-decker and when launched she was the largest and most powerful warship in Europe.

Her fate is uncertain; she may have been destroyed by fire at Woolwich in 1553 or ended up as a discarded hulk on the bank of the River Thames.

illustration was published in 1884 "technique and technology"
scan by Ivan Burmistrov

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