Bust honours ship’s diver

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Ken Ellcome with Jean and Allan Thompson. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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THE man who rediscovered the Mary Rose will be honoured with a bronze bust 22 years after his death.

Military historian and amateur diver Alexander McKee searched throughout the 1960s for the wreck of the Tudor warship.

Now a bust, created by sculptor Luke Shepherd, will be mounted in McKee Gallery at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tomorrow.

Rear-Admiral John Lippiett is the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust.

He said: ‘We’re delighted Alex’s fundamental and vital role in locating the Mary Rose has been recognised in this way.

‘The bust will be mounted in the gallery which is named after him and is dedicated to those early days of rediscovery.’