Mary Rose update: Wreath laid in Solent at site of sinking

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A WREATH has been laid at the Mary Rose wreck site this morning to mark the opening day of a new museum dedicated to the ship and her crew.

With a Royal Marines Band bugler playing the Last Post, the youngest member of HMS Duncan’s ship’s company laid the wreath in the Solent.

The wreath is laid in the Solent

The wreath is laid in the Solent

Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, then rang the Mary Rose ship’s bell to start a day of commemorations.

The wreath was laid from a historic Second World War boat, Model 1502, manned by a number of sailors from Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan.

A number of small boats gathered around the site of the wreck to witness the ceremony, just as they did in 1982 when the Mary Rose was raised.

The wreath was thrown by 23-year-old Able Seaman Luke Checkley, from HMS Duncan.

Christopher Dobbs is the head of interpretation for the Mary Rose Museum.

He said: ‘This is a very poignant moment.’

At around 11.20am, archers will gather on the battlements of Southsea Castle to fire flaming arrows from the spot where King Henry VIII watched the ship go down with the loss of more than 500 men.

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