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Historical stories, conservation and collections updates and other stories from the Mary Rose

Which of these are real ships in Henry VIII's Navy? 02 Nov 2018
Which ones have we made up?

Henry VIII built up a large fleet during his time as king, and there were some very peculiar names among them!

We've chosen some from a list of Henry VIII's ships that fought in the French wars between 12 February 1545 and 11th July 1546, can you spot which ones...

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Can you name the crew of the Mary Rose? 05 Oct 2018
Which ones have we made up?

While we'll probably never know the names of those who lost their lives on that day in 19th July 1545, records do preserve the names of some of the crew of the Mary Rose over her 34 year career.

How well do you know the crew of the Mary...

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Sir George Carew’s Dodgy Past! 21 Sep 2018
The last admiral of the Mary Rose had an interesting history...

Sir George Carew is probably best known as the admiral of the Mary Rose on the day she sank, 19th July 1545.

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The Unfortunate Story of Jacques Berenghier 04 Sep 2018
Was he a saboteur, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In the very early days of the Mary Rose, after Admiral Edward Howard had taken her as his flagship in April 1512, there was very little action. The Battle of St Matthieu in August provided some excitement for the fleet, but the rest was patrolling, and the occasional harassment...

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Five "theories" about why the Mary Rose sank (and why they're rubbish) 28 Aug 2018
Got to love a bit of speculation...

Everybody knows that the Mary Rose sank (even if they're not sure of at what point in her career), but why she sank is still a bit of a mystery.

Elsewhere on this very site we have a list of five of the most likely theories for why...

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Ballast on the Mary Rose 02 Aug 2018
It's more interesting than it sounds, honest...

102 tonnes of ballast were on board the Mary Rose when she sank. Consisting of broken flints similar to those originating in the Portsmouth area, the presence of shells belonging to cockles, oysters and periwinkles within it suggests that it was probably sourced from the beach at Portsmouth Harbour.

This...

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