Museum turns to poetry to tell of ships history

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It’s National Poetry Day and the Mary Rose Museum have used it as an excuse to tell the history of the ship - in rhyme.

The museum’s digital marketing coordinator, Simon Cabby, came up with the rhyme in March for World Poetry Day and used today as an excuse to resurrect it.

He originally told the poem through a series of tweets, making sure to stay within the 140 character limit.

‘I thought it would be fun and something our followers would be interested in,’ he said. ‘It got quite a lot of re-tweets.’

The poem is as follows:

She sank first time out? Prick up your ears,

The Mary Rose sailed for 34 years!

In 1510, a warrant was sent,

For two mighty warships, £700 payment.

In 1511 once construction was done,

Mary Rose sailed from Portsmouth to the docks in London.

The year 1512 saw her first proper fight,

Against the French fleet, and she did all right.

In 1513, she took part in a race,

The rest of the fleet, our ship they did chase.

Later that year, at the French port of Brest

She lost her Admiral, who took a pike to the chest.

1526 saw a major refit;

More guns, stronger hull, she was fighting fit.

1539 saw the crew thrown in jail,

For attacking some merchants while ‘laden with Ale.

1545, and Mary Rose was now old,

The tale of her sinking is frequently told.

It was 1982 when she returned from the sea,

Thanks to Margaret Rule and Alex McKee.

The Mary Rose story continues to excite,

Learn more about it on our museum website -