Among the collection of Additional MSS in the British Library is a small leather-bound ledger of 12 folios. Extracts from the MS were printed as long ago as 1874 in an appendix to Lindsay’s History of Merchant Shipping. The masters and mariners of Bayonne vessels called The Galley of St George and The Ship of St Edward were granted safe conducts for a year in December 1324. The Exchequer clerks were not much concerned about giving royal vessels a precise description and it seems at least likely that the vessels whose activities are described below are the galleys whose repair is the subject of these accounts. A caulker was also on board the Saint George but the people have no way of knowing whether this reflected worries about the hull or a belief that suitably skilled workers might not be found in England. Quite large sums of money were spent on the decoration of all three vessels.