Tuesday, May 31, 2011

466th anniversary of sinking of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII, sank in The Solent, near Portsmouth on 19th July 1545. The ship’s hull was raised on 11th October 1982. The ship’s iron anchor was raised from the seabed on 11th Oct 2005, the 23rd anniversary of the recovery of its hull.

Anchor raised from Queen Anne's Revenge

According to the web page found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8543482/Blackbeards-Queen-Annes-Revenge-wreck-reveals-secrets-of-the-real-Pirate-of-the-Caribbean.html , an anchor from the Queen Anne's Revenge has now been raised. Some short video footage can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y18KjA9aCVA . The Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship, ran aground on a sandbank about a mile from shore on 10th June 1718. Blackbeard’s pirate crew had captured the ship, a French slave ship called Concorde near the Caribbean island of St Vincent in November 1717 and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. It became Bleackbeard’s flagship, sailing alongside three smaller sloops. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was in a flotilla of four vessels heading for Beaufort Inlet, in the then British colony of North Carolina, when she ran aground on the sandbank.