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What sinking do we remember today?

July 19, 2012

The Mary Rose was Henry VII’s flag ship.  She sank precipitously in the Solent Strait between England and the Isle of Wight on July 19, 1545, after leading the English ships into battle with the French.
The Mary Rose was one of the first ships that was built expressly as a warship; earlier naval vessels were often refitted from merchant tasks.   She was one of the first ships built in Henry VII’s expansion of the British Navy.  She was also one of the first warships configured so that she could fire a broadside. The monarch oversaw her construction in the shipyards in Portsmouth.
The Mary Rose sank quickly and yet the reasons are not clear.  She was, however, located and raised between 1979 and 1982.  The ship is undergoing conservation and many of her artifacts are on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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