Monday 17th July. 11.00 AM – ‘H’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Finally onto the most spectacular set we have at Shepperton – a full size reconstruction of Raleigh’s ship ‘Tyger’.
There is something peculiar about opening the huge doors of what looks like an aircraft hanger and finding an Elizabethan ship inside. And what a ship it is. In fact it’s not simply the Tyger – the port waist is decorated as a Spanish galleon, the starboard beam and forecastle is the Tyger, parts of the deck will be another English warship and the whole thing will end up as a fireship being sent amongst the Spanish fleet at Calais.
But what makes this ship so special is the level of detail onboard. The ‘Tyger’ side is painted in original colours (Elizabethan warships were far from drab) as per the drawing in the Anthony Roll of 1545, the cannons, culverins and hailshot pieces come with boxes of the correct shot, powder and wadding as well as carved linstocks for initiating them. Even the naval gun carriages have graffiti carved on them by their gun crews.
Today Bess comes to find Raleigh in this, his wooden world. But will a lady aboard ship bring Raleigh the bad luck that sailing lore insisted a woman on board always brings?