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King Henry the VIII's flagship and the Mary Rose Trust - donations urgently needed! for the next phase of her preservation.
Was she found by -
Alexander McKee, with the aid of his research team on Project Solent Ships re-discovered the Mary Rose, King Henry the VIII's flagship.
The Mary Rose Project is already impressive and looks set to become one of the top historical sites in the world. Many people are not aware however, that Alexander McKee started Project Solent Ships which became the original (not the later copycat) Mary Rose Special Branch 0551 of the Southsea Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club. Don Bullivant, one of the founder members of the Mary Rose Special Branch, number 0551, of the Southsea Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and Project Solent Ships, said -
"Project Solent Ships was Mac."
His fellow members of the original Mary Rose Special Branch, number 0551, of the Southsea Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and Project Solent Ships wrote the following epitaph for his grave stone -
"This stone, recovered from the bed of the Solent by members of the original Mary Rose Special Branch, number 551, of the Southsea Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, is dedicated to the memory of Alexander McKee OBE, whose initiation of Project Solent Ships 1965 led to his re-discovery of the Mary Rose, Flagship of Henry VIII, and its eventual recovery from the Solent."
Below are a number of further credits, albeit somewhat lost in the haystack of information that is the internet, but clearly some efforts are being made to set the record straight and give credit where it is due -
The Swedish warship the Vasa fully restored and on display in it own museum in Stockholm today, inspired him in his search for the Mary Rose. The Vasa remained in excellent condition by being protected from erosion, decay and wood eating marine creatures by becoming buried deep in the mud. Even though wood usually gets eaten by marine worms within 200 years in the waters of the Solent Alexander felt that this held out much hope for re-discovering enough of the Mary Rose for her to be a veritable treasure trove of informatin and provide a huge collection of artifacts of Tudor England. Ultimately, he was to be proved right.
To help ensure that the Mary Rose National Lottery award of £21,000,000 is fully utilised and the next phase of this amazing project and tourist attraction goes ahead as planned and is completed on schedule by 2011 ready for the London Olympics in 2012 another £14,000,000 has to be raised by the Mary Rose Trust. The National Lottery award is featured at -
You may wish to donate anything from £5 on up at -Mary Rose - donation
The diving comrades who joined him in his search deserve more recognition for the crucial part they played in this project. They gave their own time freely, faced many dangers and overcame countless technical and engineering challenges even inventing new equipment, like the Dean brothers before them.
The hazards faced by the original team included -
The Dean Brothers
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