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    Anniversary marks 50 years since Mary Rose site was found

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      Anniversary marks 50 years since Mary Rose site was found

      Anniversary marks 50 years since Mary Rose site was found - Portsmouth News
      FIFTY years ago, two scuba divers pinpointed the location of the wreck of the Mary Rose.

      Now, an account of that moment has been released detailing how the divers, from Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, felt doing the dive.

      John Towse and Alexander McKee identified the whereabouts of King Henry VIII’s famous battleship during a dive on May 14, 1966.

      In a document written by Mr Towse, he describes how they discovered the location of the ship while looking at charts in Cricklewood.

      He said: ‘There laid before Alex and myself was a magnificent hand-drawn chart of the approaches to Portsmouth Harbour.

      ‘In a very short time and prompted by one of the Hydrographic Office staff, the actual charted site of the Mary Rose was clearly shown.

      ‘Both of us, for different reasons, could not wait for the chance to dive on the site.

      ‘So on May 14, 1966 Alex and myself visited the penultimate resting place of the Mary Rose.’

      The Mary Rose sank in the Solent in 1545.

      It was not until four years after Mr McKee and Mr Towse’s pioneering dive that the warship was formally identified in 1971.

      Mr McKee died in 1992 but Mr Towse still lives in the Portsmouth area.

      This month Mr Towse’s achievements are being celebrated by British Sub-Aqua Club members.

      They have released a personal account he wrote detailing his role in the search to find the Mary Rose.

      Alison Mayor, membership secretary for Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, said: ‘We are enormously proud of our history and the efforts of pioneering members such as John and Alexander in discovering and sharing our maritime heritage.

      ‘Their passion for solving the hidden mysteries of the underwater world survives today as our branch continues to investigate wrecks in our local waters and beyond.’

      BSAC chief executive Mary Tetley added: ‘The achievements of John and Alexander are to be celebrated and honoured as part of the club’s proud history. Fifty years on from their landmark dive, the significance of what these two Southsea Sub-Aqua Club divers did in pinpointing the site of Mary Rose, cannot be underestimated.’



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      Re: Anniversary marks 50 years since Mary Rose site was found

      Being in your home town you have probably seen it, but for others there are quite a few videos on Youtube about the rising and Mary Rose Museum. This is one of them


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      Re: Anniversary marks 50 years since Mary Rose site was found

      When they first dived the site, no one had any comprehension of what was down there.

      For anyone visiting Portsmouth I'd definitely recommend that you set aside a good day to take in the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard. Not only is there the Mary Rose museum, but also HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, M.33 and a chance to see the harbour sights on a boat.

      What a lot of people may find difficult to comprehend is the range of artefacts on display in the Mary Rose museum. There isn't room for any replicas.

      Not only did they find various cannons and other weaponry, but a huge range of personal items. Everything from shoes and clothing to pewter plates and even dice and much more.

      The Mary Rose itself is closed off at the moment, but is due to reopen this summer. Please check first.

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