Sunday 6 June 2010

Big Picture : Mary Rose

This weeks Big Picture is of the famous Mary Rose. This was a Carrack type warship of the Tudor Navy built in 1510 (and substantially rebuilt in 1536) she was one of the most important ships Henry VIII's fleet. The Mary Rose sank in the Solent during an engagement with the French Fleet in 1545 when water poured through her gunports. The exact cause of this accident is still uncertain.
From The Big Picture

The Mary Rose is now on display at Portsmouth having undergone nearly 20 years of preservation work. I've seen the ship several times over the last two decades and seen her slowly raised to an upright position (pictured above). In 2012 a new museum will be built around the Mary Rose and will give the public unprecedented views of this magnificent ship.


  1. Speaking of the new museum being built - you can't visit the Mary Rose at the moment while they construct it. However, they have some rare artefacts that have never been put on public viewing before to make up for it. So, if anyone is into that sort of thing I'd suggest paying them another visit :)

    If anyone is going to Stockholm any time soon, then I'd suggest visiting the Vasa Museum. Similar sort of happening to the Mary Rose, except it was a merchant ship built to protect itself - so it sank.

  2. Shockingly, I once read in a history book for primary-aged kids that she sank because all the sailors rushed to one side to wave to the King.

    Oh...the humanity.

    Mind you, in my opinion she pales into insignificance against the rugged majesty of the Victory and the grace and beauty of the Warrior.

  3. My partner has a deep obsession with 16th Century history, so don't let her hear you say that ;)

  4. This is how we preserve our VOC ships.
    We rebuilt them.

    VOC ship The Batavia

    Picture Batavia:

    VOC ship The 7 Provinciën

    VOC Ship The Duyfken

    VOC ship The Prins Willem (picture)

    This ship burnt down in 2009.(picture)

  5. Oops made a little mistake The Duyfken is not built in the Netherlands.


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