As you know, here at the Anne Boleyn we are fundraising for The Mary Rose 500 Appeal to help build a new Mary Rose museum to house Henry VIII’s favourite ship and the 19,000 artifacts which were found when it was raised from the seabed. So, I thought you may be interested in this story from the Mary Rose Trust:-
Tudor Mongrel Stole the Show at DFS Crufts 2010
DFS Crufts Hosted Mary Rose Dog before She Returns Home After Nearly 500 Years
A 16th century sea dog, the only female crew member aboard Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, took pride of place at DFS Crufts this year as special guest of the Kennel Club.
Visitors to the world’s largest and greatest dog show met ‘Hatch’, a two-year old mongrel lost aboard the ill-fated Tudor warship 465 years ago, and found out more about the fundraising appeal to provide her with a permanent home at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The painstakingly preserved and reconstructed skeleton of the Mary Rose’s dog was on display at DFS Crufts, Birmingham NEC, along with a selection of amazing Tudor artefacts, including an original stone cannon ball and piece of ship’s rope as well as an array of replicas, including some of the carpenter’s tools.
The old sea dog acquired the nickname ‘Hatch’ after divers discovered her remains near the sliding hatch door of the Mary Rose’s carpenter’s cabin, where she had lain since the ship sank in mysterious circumstances in 1545.
Hatch almost certainly earned her keep as the ship’s ratter – superstitious Tudor seafarers did not have cats on board ship as they were thought to bring bad luck. And she was probably very good at her job – only the partial remains of rats’ skeletons have been found on board the Mary Rose.
John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust and Hatch’s guardian, said:
“We are delighted to bring Hatch, the world’s oldest lost sea dog, to the world’s premier dog show, so that visitors can meet an ancestor of their much loved pets.
“Expert analysis of Hatch’s bones suggests that she spent most of her short life within the close confines of the ship. It is likely that the longest walks she took were along the quayside at Portsmouth, her home town.
“Hatch is just one of 19,000 extraordinary Tudor treasures recovered with the wreck of the Mary Rose, but she has never been on display in Portsmouth simply because we have not had the room.
“All that is set to change with the building of a new permanent Mary Rose museum, bringing together the remains of the ship itself with the pick of her artefacts, displayed at last in their historic context.
“But to make that a reality and to ensure Hatch is not homeless for another 500 years, we must complete our final push to secure the funds needed to complete the new Mary Rose Museum by 2012.”
Caroline Kisko, Communications Director of the Kennel Club, which organises the show, added:
“It is fantastic to host Hatch before she finally returns home. She is undoubtedly the oldest, most unusual and most historically important exhibit that we have ever had at DFS Crufts and her tragic story is bound to fascinate visitors. We are delighted to have her with us – after nearly 500 years of loyal service she is due a little ‘shore leave’!”
Hatch is the mascot of the Mary Rose 500 Public Appeal which is seeking 500 individuals, schools, businesses and organisations to come on board and symbolically become the ‘new crew’ of the Tudor warship, by each pledging to raise £500 towards the Public Appeal.
Hatch will finally return home to Portsmouth on Friday 26th March to take pride of place in the current Mary Rose Museum, after 465 years away, while she waits for the new Mary Rose Museum – her final permanent home, to be completed.
Support the Mary Rose 500 Appeal
The Anne Boleyn Files is a member of the Mary Rose “new crew” and has committed to raise £500 for the Mary Rose 500 Appeal. You can help us raise this money in the following ways:-
- Donate – click on the blue “Just Giving” box to donate to the appeal
- Purchase our $2 Anne Boleyn Resource Guide – The whole $2 goes to the appeal and this guide is 50 pages of articles, book lists and clickable links to help you find out more about Anne Boleyn and Tudor history.
- Purchase our special Mary Rose Jewellery – All profits go to the Mary Rose 500 Appeal.
Thanks for supporting this worthwhile appeal. You can find out more about the Mary Rose 500 appeal at www.maryrose500.org
Find out more about the history of Henry VIII’s favourite ship at our special Mary Rose page.