Mary Rose

Nominal Guns26B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1603
ConstructorWilliam Burrell (c.1570-1630)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Keel83' 0"Imperial Feet25.2984 
Breadth26' 9"Imperial Feet7.9629 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen288 60100Baker's Rule Tons 
Burthen384 80100Tons and Tonnage 


1624Broadside Weight = 71.5 Imperial Pound ( 32.4255 kg)BWAS-1603
Gun Deck8 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British Minions
Gun Deck2 British Falcon
Gun Deck2 British Fowler

1631Broadside Weight = 71.5 Imperial Pound ( 32.4255 kg)TRINITY
Gun Deck8 British Demi-Culverin
Gun Deck10 British Saker
Gun Deck4 British Minions
Gun Deck2 British Falcon
Gun Deck2 British Fowler

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
161312088 Sailors, 12 Gunners and 20 SoldiersBWAS-1603
1645100 SPD-1644-5

16 Commanding Officers

8.1624 - 1624CaptainThomas WilbrahamBWAS-16031627 - 1630CaptainSir Francis SydenhamBWAS-16031635CaptainGeorge Carteret (1609-1679/80)BWAS-16031635 - 1636CaptainKenelm Digby (1603-1665)BWAS-16031636CaptainJeremy BrettBWAS-16031637CaptainLewis KirkeBWAS-16031637 - 1638CaptainThomas TrenchfieldBWAS-16031639 - 1640CaptainThomas PriceBWAS-16031640 - 1641CaptainRichard SwanleyBWAS-16031642CaptainRobert FoxBWAS-16031642 - 1643CaptainHenry BethellBWAS-16031643CaptainRichard BlytheBWAS-16031644CaptainWilliam SomasterBWAS-16031645 - 1647CaptainPhineas Pett (d.1665)BWAS-160310.1647 - 1648CaptainThomas HarrisonW0151649 - 3.1649/50CaptainFrancis PenroseBWAS-1603

10 Warrant Officers

8.1624 - 1624MasterPeter CannonSPD-1623-51626 - 7.1626GunnerGeorge CadmanSPD-1625-61633 - 14.4.1633CarpenterJohn Watermanref:107015.4.1633 - 1633CarpenterThomas Dayref:10701634 - 11.1634GunnerRichard MitchellSPD-1635-64.11.1634 - 1634GunnerRalph ChessleSPD-1635-630.3.1635 - 1635MasterEdward EverettSPD-1635-61636BoatswainNicholas SpearmanSPD-1636-710.4.1649 - 1649PurserJohn KingSPD-164931.12.1649 - 1649PurserMorgan VaughanSPD-1649

Service History

22.12.1624Detained in the Downs for want of victualsSPD-1623-5
1625Attack on Cadiz
3.9.1625Capt. Thos. Wilbraham is ordered "to take the Mary Rose and the Great Neptune, Capt. Giles, and ply up and down before Dunkirk, and if any of the Dunkirkers pass out by stealth, he is to follow and attack them"SPD-1625-6
4.1.1644/45Ordered to be fitted and prepared to serve in the next summer's fleetSPD-1644-5
3.1649/50Wrecked off Flanders coast in a stormBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1637-1637Ships Lent to the Prince Elector  
1642-1642Summer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646) 
1645-1645Summer Guard of 1645  
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  
1647-1648Winter Guard of 1647Thomas Rainsborough 
9.1649-1650Winter Guard of 1649  
1650-1650Summer Guard of 1650  

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Posted by Marc Juncker on Friday 22nd of May 2020 07:45

One of its saker cannons has been retrieved from the seabed by fishermen in open sea in front of Ostend Harbour. Since early may 2020 it is in my possession. It is in very good condition with even the woodwork intact as well as two of the wheels. This quite remarkable given the ship went down in 1650.

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