AN EXTRA crew member stowed away on board HMS Duncan when she departed on her maiden mission from Portsmouth earlier this month.
A replica of Hatch, the dog that accompanied crew aboard the Mary Rose centuries ago, will be travelling with Lt James Baddeley, the deputy marine engineer officer on HMS Duncan
Lt Baddeley will be sending back messages and pictures from Hatch’s adventures as the ship is deployed to the Mediterranean and the Gulf for nine months, following the Mary Rose’s legacy by working with allied nations to protect merchant shipping.
The original Hatch’s remains are on display in the Mary Rose’s multi-award winning museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. His job as the ship’s ‘ratter’ was to ensure the rat population aboard the Mary Rose was kept to a minimum and research has shown he was related to the Jack Russell terrier.
HMS Duncan agreed to take him aboard because of their links with the Mary Rose Trust, the organisation responsible for conserving and preserving the Mary Rose. The crew were heavily involved in the launch of the £27m museum, which opened in May 2013.
Updates on Hatch’s progress can be found at maryrose.org/hatchatsea, or by following the trust on twitter and using the hashtag #HatchAtSea.
Hatch, along with the rest of HMS Duncan’s crew, is expected to return to the UK later in the year.