With Hatch brought to the surface after over 400 years in the Solent, a more detailed examination could be undertaken to give us more insight into Hatch’s life - and death. From the assortment of recovered bones, specifically his skull and teeth, Hatch was identified as a young adult, who had most likely spent the entirety of his short life aboard the Mary Rose.
Although Hatch was mostly complete, there was no sign of his baculum, or penis bone, which lead to us referring to Hatch as ‘she’ for over 30 years. It wasn't until 2014 when analysis of Hatch’s tooth enamel showed that, despite this absent item, Hatch was actually a boy!
Hatch has proven to be quite the excursionist, travelling across the United Kingdom for various tests and examinations - as a result of which, we can even tell which modern breed he is closest to (a Jack Russell, if you were wondering).
Though found in 1981, it took until 2010 for the meticulous conservation and reconstruction of his skeleton to be completed, the results of which premiered at the 2010 NFC Crufts convention. Following this, Hatch was brought back to Portsmouth for his debut at our prior museum, and after a final reconstruction in 2012 to bring him what was believed to be his living height of about 490mm, our ship’s dog headed to the new Mary Rose Museum where you can see him in pride of place in the carpenter's case on the main deck.