Tudor England – As you never expected it! Just who crewed the Mary Rose? Discover a whole new view of Henry VIII’s navy with this exhibition at the Mary Rose Museum, which uses the latest scientific and genealogical research to show us who really crewed the Mary Rose.
Written sources show the Mary Rose had a cosmopolitan crew throughout her long history.
There was a Spanish surgeon recorded on board the Mary Rose in 1513, and that same year, gunners from Gdansk were transported on the Mary Rose to fight the Battle of Flodden. Also, the only known survivor of the sinking was a Fleming who provided eyewitness testament as to what happened on that day in 1545.
With no crew lists, we know only the names of the Captain, Vice Admiral Sir George Carew and an officer, Roger Grenville. Both died in the tragic sinking. A ‘Nye Coep’ may have been the cook – we have his name on several objects.
With so little written information on who the other crew members were, study of the 179 individuals excavated from the wreck of the Mary Rose, whose bones and teeth reveal secrets of how they lived, enable us to tell those missing stories.
Event organised by the Mary Rose Museum.