Statue for the man who found Mary Rose

TARGET Fundraiser Henry Yelf sits at the computer with an image of Alexander McKee
TARGET Fundraiser Henry Yelf sits at the computer with an image of Alexander McKee
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CAMPAIGNERS raising money to pay for a bust of Alexander McKee, the man who rediscovered the Mary Rose, have reached their target after just two months.

An amateur diver and military historian, Mr McKee discovered the site of the wreck under the Solent silt in the 1960s after years of research.

The amateur divers – known as Mad Mac’s Marauders – who worked with him to uncover the timbers of the ship say he has never had enough recognition.

Now they have raised £6,500 to pay for the bust to be put up.

Retired amateur diver Henry Yelf told supporters at a fundraising event held at the D-Day Museum in Southsea that sculptor Luke Shepherd was already at work on the bust.

It is likely to go on display in the new Mary Rose Museum, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, in the spring.

Mr McKee was awarded the OBE and died of cancer in 1992.

Mr Yelf said it was appropriate to hold the fundraising evening at the D-Day museum as Mr McKee landed on the Normandy beaches as a young soldier on, or shortly after, D-Day.

Introducing talks by two of Mr McKee’s divers, Don Bullivant and John Towse, Mr Yelf said it was a measure of respect for Mr McKee that the money was raised so quickly.