Marine Heritage Database

HMS Delight - 1583

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

120

Length(ft)

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

Story

DELIGHT was sailing in company with Sir Humphrey Gilbert's frigate to explore the waters around Sable Island. DELIGHT's master, Richard Clarke, had a dispute with Gilbert over a safe course near Sable, but submitting to Gilbert's orders, his vessel went aground and quickly sank on one of Sable's bars at 7:00 am. The water was too shallow for Gilbert's frigate to offer assistance and most aboard drowned. Sixteen people led by Clarke managed to get in a small boat with one oar and they spent seven days at sea before reaching Newfoundland. Five days later they were rescued by a Basque whaling vessel. The wreck was one of many on Gilbert's expedition which ended up with Gilbert himself being drowned in a later wreck. The disaster contributed to the temporary abandonment of the English settlement in Newfoundland.

Vessel Type

Unknown

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Judgement error

Date of Wreck

1583-08-29

Location

Sable Island, on shoal near (?)

Cargo

Lives Lost

85

Voyage from

Voyage to

Remarks

Also known as the GEORGE. Flagship of Admiral Sir Humprey Gilbert's exploration expedition.

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Registered at

United Kingdom

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Unknown

Details

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