A once in a lifetime opportunity to set sail in memory of the Mary Rose | The Mary Rose
A once in a lifetime opportunity to set sail in memory of the Mary Rose
  • On 11th October 2022, three lucky Portsmouth residents are in with the chance of sailing to the very spot of the raising of the Mary Rose exactly 40 years earlier
  • Individuals can nominate deserving members of the Portsmouth community to take part in this historic event on the Mary Rose Trust’s Facebook page

On 11th October, a boat will set sail to the very spot that Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, was brought to the surface exactly 40 years earlier in celebration of the anniversary of the raising.

The Mary Rose Trust is giving the chance for three lucky members of the Portsmouth community to sit onboard the boat and join some of the original divers who were involved in recovering the ship and its remains as part of this special occasion. The selected winners will be local people who embody the spirit of Portsmouth, go above and beyond to support their community and deserve to be recognised.

Dominic Jones, Chief Executive at the Mary Rose Trust said: “We are really excited to announce the launch of our Facebook competition, giving deserving Portsmouth residents the chance to be part of this historic occasion and see for themselves where the Mary Rose fatefully sank nearly 500 years ago and 465 crew lost their lives. The winners will have chance to hear stories from the divers who helped to raise the ship 40 years ago, many whom have returned to the seabed to recover thousands of items from the ship which are now on display in the museum. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we wanted to ensure our local community has the opportunity to be part of this special experience.”

Participants will get the chance to nominate someone they think deserves to be on the boat more than anyone else by commenting underneath the Facebook post with their name, the reason they should win and the hashtag #MaryRose40

The competition will go live between Monday 3rd October and Thursday 6th October, with the winner being announced on Friday 7th October. Entries close at 5pm on Thursday 6th October and the three winners will be chosen entirely at random.

Southsea Castle From The Wreck Site
Terms & conditions
  1. The prize is: 
    1. A seat aboard the ferry leaving Portsmouth Harbour on Tuesday 11th October at 10.30am. It will return by 12.30pm.
      • On the ferry will be other people celebrating the 40th anniversary, including original divers from the 1982 rising
  2. The prize is subject to changes at the discretion of Mary Rose Trust.
  3. Competition closes on Wednesday 5th October at 5pm.
  4. Prize is stated, there is no alternative and it is non-refundable and there is no cash alternative.
  5.  The winner must provide ID when redeeming the prize, ahead of boarding the ferry.
  6. Travel to Portsmouth Harbour and parking are not included unless stated.
  7. The winner will be selected at random from among entries, which adhere to the following:
    • Tagged in comments with their name and reason they deserve to win
    • Tagged with hashtag #MRT40thAnniversary
  8. Mary Rose Trust will contact the winners on Facebook.
  9. Winners must be aged 18+ and living in the UK.
  10. Entrance to the competition is deemed by acceptance of these rules.
  11. Mary Rose Trust has the right to disqualify anyone who breaches any of these rules.
  12. Photos and copy posted must comply with Facebook’s Community Standards.
  13. Any photos or copy entered into the competition that violate Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities will be reported.
  14. This competition is not part of a Facebook partnership and is independent of the social media network.
  15. Data will be used for the sole purpose of this competition and will not be shared with any third party.