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The first and second page of the Belle's official construction record, dated December 15, 1684. Being illiterate, the Belle's master shipwright, Honoré Mallet, simply signed his initials, "h.M.," seen in the lower middle of this contemporaneous document. His son Pierre's signature is at right.

Construction record (1)

Construction record (2)

Photos: courtesy of John de Bry, Center for Historical Archeology.

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