"Despite the loss of The Mary Rose in manoeuvres in the Sound, the French were repulsed with heavy losses"

The Mary Rose was a warship in Henry VIII's navy. After serving thirty years, she sank on 19 July 1545 in the Solent during Henry's war against the French King Francis I.  After Henry's army took Boulogne, Francis retaliated by attacking the Isle of Wight. 

The discovery of the wreck in 1971 attracted much media interest, although many problems had to be overcome before it was finally raised in October 1982 by The Mary Rose Trust, providing valuable insight into the Tudor period.  The remains of the hull are now on display at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


The Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover 1520
Public DomainThe Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover 1520 - Credit: Wikimedia Commons