Jesus of Lübeck

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Jesus of Lübeck on the Anthony Roll
Flag of the Free City of Lübeck.svgFree City of Lübeck
NameJesus von Lübeck
Launchedc. 1520
Tudor Ensign 1485-1603.svgEngland
NameThe Jhesus of Lubeke
Acquiredc. 1540
FateCaptured off San Juan de Ulúa, 23 September 1568
General characteristics
Class and typeCarrack
Tons burthenc. 700 tons

Jesus of Lübeck was a carrack built in the Free City of Lübeck in the early 16th century. Around 1540 the ship, which had mostly been used for representative purposes, was acquired by Henry VIII, King of England, to augment his fleet. The ship saw action during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight in 1545. She along with Samson were used in an unsuccessful attempt to raise Henry VIII’s flagship, Mary Rose, after she foundered during the Battle of the Solent. She was later chartered to a group of merchants in 1563 by Queen Elizabeth I. Jesus of Lübeck became involved in the Atlantic slave trade and smuggling under John Hawkins, who organized four voyages to West Africa and the West Indies between 1562 and 1568. During the last voyage, Jesus, along with several other English ships, encountered a Spanish fleet off San Juan de Ulúa (modern day Vera Cruz, Mexico) in September 1568. In the resulting battle, Jesus was disabled and captured by Spanish forces. The heavily damaged ship was later sold for 601 ducats to a local merchant.


  • Pietsch, Ulrich (1981). Die Lübecker Seeschiffahrt vom Mittelalter bis zur Neuzeit. Hefte zur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Hansestadt Lübeck (in German). 5. Lübeck: Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. ISBN 3-9800517-1-4.
  • Reinhardt, Karl (1949). "Die Karacke Jesus von Lübeck". Zeitschrift für Lübeckische Geschichte und Altertumskunde (in German). 31: 79–110.

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