What lies be­neath

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EX­ACTLY 35 years ago this month, 60 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide watched as the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’S favourite war­ship, emerged from the So­lent’s depths, where she had lain undis­turbed for more than 400 years.

In ser­vice for 34 years, she sank be­tween South­sea Cas­tle and the Isle of Wight on July 19, 1545, while de­fend­ing Eng­land from a French in­va­sion fleet larger than the Span­ish Ar­mada dur­ing the Bat­tle of the So­lent. Dis­cov­ered by divers in 1971, the Mary Rose was ex­ca­vated be­tween 1979 and 1982, when the hull was raised. Com­pli­cated con­ser­va­tion work since has in­volved spray­ing the Tu­dor war­ship with mists of chilled wa­ter, fol­lowed by wa­ter-sol­u­ble wax, largescale con­trolled air-drying and a re­fur­bish­ment in 2016. Her cur­rent home, the Mary Rose Mu­seum in Portsmouth, is cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary with two days of talks. Speak­ers in­clude TV his­to­rian Dr David Starkey, who calls the ship ‘Bri­tain’s Pom­peii’ be­cause of the sheer vol­ume of ac­com­pa­ny­ing trea­sures found, in­clud­ing weapons, jew­ellery, fur­ni­ture and med­i­cal equip­ment, 19,000 of which are on dis­play at the mu­seum. Dis­cov­er­ies in­cluded 45% of the en­tire ship’s crew, which anal­y­sis has shown was mostly male, un­der 30 and from the West Coun­try. On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 and tick­ets cost £40 for one day or £70 for both. Visit www.mary­rose.org/an­niver­sarylec­tures for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to book a place.

The Mary Rose was Henry VIII’S favourite war­ship and sank dur­ing the Bat­tle of the So­lent in 1545

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