What is furring?
The discovery of the Gresham Ship provides the only existing example of a ship constructed using furring.
Investigations revealed that extra timbers had been added, increasing the ship's width and capacity.
Furring involved removing the original outer planks of the ship and adding a second layer of timbers.
16th century shipping
The Gresham Ship is an example of a three-mast, armed merchant vessel, a common type of
ship in the 16th century port of London.
Merchant ships were usually heavily armed due to great threats from piracy. In some cases
they even engaged in maritime warfare, such as the conflict with the Spanish Armada in 1588.
The roles of ships were changing at this time so different types of vessels, such as cargo and war ships,
were being used.