Mary Rose
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‘Mary Rose’                                                                        (click on the image to return to the previous page)

I would like to call this painting a ship portrait, but the complete appearance of the craft is not known. We can say however, that she was a large Tudor warship of the carrack type.


A favorite ship of Henry VIII’s navy. With cut-out ports on her sides, she was one of the first ships to be able to fire broadsides from her heavy guns at the enemy.


With the English fleet, she set out from Portsmouth to engage the approaching French invasion fleet on the 19th July 1545.


She sank by accident when manoeuvring.


It seems she was caught by a stiff breeze which made the ship heel and, in so doing, the lower gun ports - which were open - shipped water, whereupon she quickly filled and sank.

Sadly there were few survivors.

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