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Lost at sea: the most tragic ships in history

Love Exploring Logo By Joanna Czechowska of Love Exploring | Slide 3 of 38: Probably built in around 1510-11, the Mary Rose was one of Henry VIII’s naval fleet and said to be the king's favorite ship during her 34 years of service. Heavily armed with a crew of 400-500 men she saw frequent action against the French. Then in 1545, the Mary Rose was in the Solent (between Great Britain and the Isle of Wight) when she attempted to make a sharp turn. A strong gust blew the ship over and, as the gun ports were open, the ship sank with the loss of almost all onboard. As she went down in only 40ft (12m) of water, efforts were made at the time to retrieve her but failed.

The Mary Rose, 1545

Probably built in around 1510-11, the Mary Rose was one of Henry VIII’s naval fleet and said to be the king's favorite ship during her 34 years of service. Heavily armed with a crew of 400-500 men she saw frequent action against the French. Then in 1545, the Mary Rose was in the Solent (between Great Britain and the Isle of Wight) when she attempted to make a sharp turn. A strong gust blew the ship over and, as the gun ports were open, the ship sank with the loss of almost all onboard. As she went down in only 40ft (12m) of water, efforts were made at the time to retrieve her but failed.

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