On 5th August, it was reported that the sails and yard arms had been brought ashore, and her masts had been secured by cables, and two days later, the Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon, informed the Secretary of State, William Paget, that the Mary Rose would be raised “…this afternoon or tomorrow”.
By 9th August, all that had been achieved was the snapping of the Mary Rose’s masts, delaying the raising operation further. After six more days of effort, they had still failed to move her. On 8th December, they were paid 40 Marks (about £27), and were told that their services would no longer be required.
This wasn’t the end of the story, though, as although the Mary Rose had been given up, there was still her contents that needed recovering. There were nearly £2,000,000 worth of guns on board (in modern money), and when the country was short of money thanks to the king's excessive spending, that was a lot of cash to leave rusting on the sea bed.
In 1547, £37 11s 5d was paid out for the removal of anchors and weapons, while £20 was paid out for similar work. Looking at how many guns and anchors we have both in the museum and our archive, we think they were robbed!