|Mary Rose Model|
Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
On July 19, 1545 the Mary Rose, pride of Henry VIII's fleet, sank in the waters near Portsmouth. The King himself witnessed the catastrophe unfold from the shore. Only about 30 out of the crew of around 500 were saved. The exact cause of the tragedy remains somewhat mysterious. According to one survivor's record, the Mary Rose, opposing a hostile French fleet, had fired her guns from one side and was turning to fire again when she dipped her open gun ports below the water and sank immediately. Other accounts suggest that French gunfire may have been responsible.
|Commander K. and Henry VIII, Mary Rose Museum|
|Mary Rose 2013|
|Mary Rose bronze canons|
|Bronze Canon, Mary Rose Museum|
|"Hatch" and Backgammon board|
Britain is an island nation with a proud maritime and naval tradition. The Royal Navy is the "Senior Service" in the British military. The Mary Rose has thankfully been preserved so that future generations will be able to explore this rich history.
|Lion detail, Mary Rose Museum|
You can now purchase Commander Kelly's