Historical accuracy is a journey, not a destination Gathering accurate historical maritime information for the 16th and 17th centuries is difficult to say the least. We endeavor to gather first source material and lacking that we'll seek creditable second source. We must always be ready, willing and able to correct ourselves in the light of new historical information.
Here are some very good "first Source" links. You can't get much better that an ancient sunken ship, raised an archeology researched.
First Source Ships
The Mary Rose
English build in
1509, sunk in 1545 and recovered for research.
Prime earlier 1500's first source material.
The Vasa - A Swedish warship of 1628, she sank in the cold Baltic on her maiden voyage.
The Alderny Elizabethan Wreck
These are links to other ship museums and replicas. Excellent creditable 2nd source information
The Lady Washington - A 1750 tea Brig replica ship. Our muse!
The Lynx - An interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Maryland
The Golden Hind - Replica ship and museum. 1577 ship used by Sir Francis Drake to circumnavigate the world
The Half Moon - A full-scale, operating replica of the Dutch ship of exploration that Henry Hudson sailed in 1609
Other related material
Mathew Baker and the art of the Shipwright
The development of the Square-Rigged ship