Friday, October 14, 2005


Work starts to preserve 'new' Mary Rose relic


Portsmouth Today
October 12, 2005

CONSERVATION experts today started the long process of preserving two Mary Rose artefacts plucked from the murky depths of the Solent.

There were emotional scenes yesterday as the 30ft-long bow timber and a two-ton anchor were lifted from the seabed – 460 years after the ship sank off Portsmouth.

Today the curved wooden structure – which defines the shape of the 'sharp end' of the Tudor warship – will be soaked in a tank of water-soluble wax preservative at the Mary Rose Trust's workshops at the Historic Dockyard.

It will hopefully be ready to go on public display alongside the previously salvaged remains of the hull in a £20m museum due to open in 2011.

Maritime archaeologist Margaret Rule, who masterminded the operation to salvage the starboard hull in 1982, was in tears as the stem timber was brought to the surface just before midday yesterday.

'I never thought it would be recovered in my lifetime. I'm absolutely thrilled,' she said.

Meanwhile a team of Army engineers is re-burying the Mary Rose wreck site under 100 tonnes of sand to protect the remains that are still buried in the Solent mud.

The trust hopes a wealthy benefactor may one day pay for further exploration work.


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