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Mary Rose dog skeleton on show at Portsmouth museum

Skeleton of Mary Rose dog
The two-year-old dog was discovered trapped in the door of a cabin

A dog which sailed aboard the Mary Rose ship 465 years ago has taken up residence in the Mary Rose Museum at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The animal's skeleton, which has been reconstructed by staff at the Mary Rose Trust, went on display on Friday.

The dog was discovered trapped in the sliding door of the carpenter's cabin of the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.

The dog, named Hatch by museum staff, was probably used as a ratter and was about two years old when she died.

Tudor seafarers did not allow cats on board ship as they were thought to bring bad luck.

'Longest walk'

John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said: "Expert analysis of Hatch's bones suggests that she spent most of her short life within the close confines of the ship.

"It is likely that the longest walks she took were along the quayside at Portsmouth, her home town."

The Mary Rose sank on 19 July 1545 with the loss of more than 400 lives, after 34 years of service.

Only a handful of the crew and soldiers survived and Henry VIII was reported to have heard the screams of the drowning men as he helplessly stood and watched from Southsea Castle.

Well-preserved artefacts including clothing, jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, medical equipment and weapons were discovered when the vessel was raised in 1982.

A new museum to house the Mary Rose Collection is planned for 2012. It will also display the preserved hull of the ship.

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