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New discovery at Mary Rose site
medieval ship
Details of the wreck site find have yet to be disclosed
Marine archaeologists will reveal details on Monday of a "significant find" on the wreck site of the Tudor warship Mary Rose.

Divers have been at the site for a month looking for more pieces of the ship, which was raised in 1982 after 437 years under the sea off Portsmouth.

The work is the first extensive study of the site since the main part of the hull was raised.

It started after the Royal Navy revealed 200m was to be spent on regenerating Portsmouth so it can house the next generation of warships, including the new aircraft carriers.

However, the route to the naval base is not deep enough for the new super-carriers - which are twice the size of existing vessels.

The history of a Tudor warship
Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth on 19 July, 1545, in front of Henry VIII, who was watching his favourite ship engage the French
It appears she was overloaded or mishandled and not, as the French claim, holed by one of their cannon
Built between 1509 and 1511, she was the pride of the Tudor fleet and was one of the first warships which could fire a broadside
She was named after Princess Mary, Henry's youngest sister
Searches for the ship began in the 1960s, but it was not until 1971 that she was found
More than 60 million people worldwide watched the raising of Mary Rose live on television on 11 October 1982
The Navy's preferred route crosses the wreck site of the Mary Rose, a couple of miles out into the Solent from the harbour mouth, and will need to be dredged.

The Mary Rose Trust and the Ministry of Defence are holding a joint news conference on board the dive vessel Terschelling above the wreck site on Monday morning to announce what they have found.

The Mary Rose was the pride of Henry VIII's navy when she sank in 1545.

Historians believe she probably went to the bottom of the Solent because she was overloaded.



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