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Mary Rose Manual

Secrets of Henry VIII’s warship revealed in new book
03 December 2015
Brian Lavery
Friday, 13 November, 2015


New manual by Haynes is first book to describe how the Mary Rose was sailed by her crew

She was one of the largest and most innovative ships of her day, and ever since being raised from the Solent seabed in 1982, she has constantly been in the public eye.

Now the secrets of one of Henry VIII’s principal warships, the Mary Rose, have been revealed in a new title from publisher Haynes. The Mary Rose Owner’s Workshop Manual explores the construction, operation, excavation and recovery of the famous ship and her contents, and is the only book to describe how she was sailed.

Authored by acclaimed maritime historian Brian Lavery, the manual first sets the ship in her historical context, exploring her role in the First and Second French Wars in 1512 and 1522, and her "final battle" in 1545 when she heeled over and sank while making a turn.

In typical Haynes fashion, the Mary Rose Owner’s Workshop Manual also takes a close look at the ship’s anatomy and key features, including her hull, bow, sterncastle and firepower.

Produced with the co-operation of the Mary Rose Trust, which gave the author full access to the ship and her artefacts, as well as providing photographs and illustrations, the manual concludes by examining the ship’s excavation, restoration and display at the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.

Brian Lavery commented: "The problem of how to conserve and display the Mary Rose and her artefacts took several decades to resolve, but the result of that hard work is that we now know more than ever about Tudor maritime history and how ships like the Mary Rose played their part in the great conflicts of their day.

"This book takes a practical look at how the ship was run including the daily roles and responsibilities of her crew members. Crucially, it also provides a detailed description of the complex task of sailing such a vast ship, including her reliance on favourable winds and tides in the Solent where she was build and sank."

He added: "I would particularly like to thank the Mary Rose Trust for their help in compiling this book."

Alex Hildred, curator at the Mary Rose Museum, said: "The Mary Rose project is about to enter its next exciting chapter as the ship completes her final drying phase, after which visitors will enjoy a full and unobscured view of the entire hull.

"The new Haynes Mary Rose Owner’s Workshop Manual documents this complex restoration process, and we hope it will be a great way of sharing the wonder of this incredible ship with the public."

About the author

Brian Lavery is Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and is a leading naval historian and an expert on the sailing navy. He is widely published – also having written the Haynes SS Great Britain Owner’s Workshop Manual. He is a winner of the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award (2007) and the Society for Nautical Research’s Anderson Medal (2008). He lives in Greenwich, London.

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