The ship's dog, nicknamed Hatch by our team, is one of the more popular exhibits at The Mary Rose, popular with all ages!
But who was he, and why was he on board the Mary Rose?
DNA analysis undertaken by the University of Portsmouth looked at which modern breeds he was closest related to, and classed him as a terrier-type, most closely related to the modern Jack Russell terrier.
He also shows similarities with whippets, so we refer to him as a terrier/whippet mongrel.
Despite stories claiming he was trapped in the door, he probably died fully outside the cabin, with some parts being pulled inside post-death by marine scavengers.
Because of where he was found, we refer to him as the carpenter's dog, and he shares a display case in the museum with the master carpenter's chest.
Firstly, contrary to popular belief, cats aren’t that good at ratting, as many rats are big enough to fight back. Dogs such as terriers were considered to be much better for the task, and still are in some circles.
Secondly, Pope Innocent VIII had declared cats to be unholy in 1484, and the companions of witches, so owning one was generally considered unlucky, not to mention likely to get you in a lot of trouble. This opinion ended in England around 200 years later.
A story about Hatch's first day on the Mary Rose is available to download.
We recommend printing him onto card, so he stands up more easily.
Hatch has received praise from organisations like the Maritime Pets Museum, the Front of House Museums blog, Proud of Portsmouth and the South East Museums Development Programme.
He's also active in the #MuseumMascot community, similarly developed for audience engagement purposes, from locations such as the Grant Museum at UCL, Waddesdon Manor, the Horniman Museum, Wollaton Hall and HMS Unicorn to name a few, and he’s picked up quite a following in the US museum community, with followers from Museum Hack in New York to Mark the Mammoth in Ohio.
Come to the Mary Rose and meet Hatch, as well as see many of the thousands of other objects recovered from the seabed