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July 24, 2003

The Mary Rose and the Great Lewis

Portsmouth harbour is to undergo a Ł200 million renovation to accomodate the Royal Navy's projected supercarriers. The overhaul is to include dredging a deeper approach for the carriers which crosses the wreck-site of the Mary Rose.

John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said it would enable them to excavate important parts of the ship which have remained buried since the raising of the hull in 1982. He said: "These are very exciting times indeed for the Mary Rose. This is the most thorough examination by divers of the wreck site since 1982.

Henry VIII's favourite is on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard along with numerous artifacts from the wreck (including syringes?).

Another great ship of has now been found:

WHEN it sank in the ‘graveyard of a thousand ships’, the Great Lewis was the pride of Oliver Cromwell’s fleet. During a mission to recapture a fort near the Irish port of Waterford from Royalist forces in 1645, Cromwell’s flagship was sent to the bottom of the sea by a combination of enemy cannon and the rocky coastline. Now archaeologists believe they have found the wreck and have begun to bring up the first artefacts.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 24, 2003 09:51 AM