Mary Rose and HMS Duncan - warships linked in time

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SAILORS from HMS Duncan will play a key role in today’s ceremony to mark the opening of the new museum.

Thankfully for the crew of the Royal Navy’s newest warship, life on board is far better than it was for those who lived and fought in the Mary Rose.

HMS Duncan Navigating Officer Lt. Daley Snell with Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust John Lippiett - very little difference between dividers from 1545 to 2013 !   Picture: Malcolm Wells (131380-5361)

HMS Duncan Navigating Officer Lt. Daley Snell with Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust John Lippiett - very little difference between dividers from 1545 to 2013 ! Picture: Malcolm Wells (131380-5361)

The food is better, there is plenty of space, and far less chance of catching any diseases.

But HMS Duncan is still very much tied to the Mary Rose, as the two ships are now affiliated.

The crew of the Type 45 destroyer will line the dockyard today to mark the opening of the new building.

They also invited members of the Mary Rose Trust on board their ship to compare the way things were to how the navy operates today.

Lieutenant Daley Snell, 27, is the navigating officer on board HMS Duncan.

He said: ‘I knew there were some similarities between the way we do things now and the way they were but I didn’t realise just how advanced the Mary Rose was for her time.

‘On top of that, I don’t think the basic skills needed to be a sailor have changed at all.’

The ship’s bell of the Mary Rose will take pride of place on HMS Duncan today until it is ready to be carried into the new museum by sailors later this evening.