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October 06, 2005

The Mary Rose

In a bid to raise her anchor the figurehead of the Mary Rose, pride of Henry VIII's fleet, may have been found.

The paddle-shaped piece of oak was brought up by divers on Sunday afternoon, covered in muck. The carving was a wholly unexpected discovery during survey work before a planned attempt next week to raise a five metre long iron anchor.

The Mary Rose was named after Henry's favourite sister and the royal Tudor rose which became its emblem. The Mary Rose was described by a contemporary as "the flower" of his fleet, and its humiliating loss one of the greatest disasters to befall Henry's navy.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 6, 2005 10:05 AM

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