The Mary Rose and Tudor Navy

Tudor Navy was built and developed under Tudor rulers. Main credit for building Tudor navy goes to King Henry VIII. He was the one who visioned to cross English Channel for increasing trade from all over the world and to protect his trade routes by sending his ships for war.

In 1509, King Henry VIII became the ruler and laid emphasis to increase his sea power by building ships on priority. His reign started with just 5 ships and ends in 1547 with a fleet of 60 warships. He set up two royal dockyards for his warships at Deptford and Woolwich and constructs many forts along the coastal areas of England to defend against Invasions. He is known as the Father of English Navy. The Tudor Navy acts as the bedrock for establishment of The Royal Navy.

Some of the Tudor Navy Ships are:

  1. The Mary Rose: – “First English warship” and was built from 1509 to 1511. It was the flagship of King Henry VIII navy. Presently, it has been converted into an historical museum.
  2. Tudor Caravel 1470: – very famous fishing vessels (lateen sail)
  3. Caravel Redunda 1470: – fishing vessel (square sail)
  4. Tudor Carrack 1470: – Gunship
  5. English Great Ship 1520: – These kinds of ships carry a very high number of guns. The guns were fixed on both sides through ports as these ships are very large.

The Tudor Navy undergoes a sharp decline under the monarch of King Edward VI and Queen Marry I and more than half of the ships were gone. When Queen Elizabeth reign started in 1558, she started building more ships and with the help of local merchants and other people. The number of ships rose up to one hundred ninety seven at the time of Invasion from the Spanish fleet. From these small and modified ships they defeated extremely large and most powerful Spanish Ship Armada.

The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum is an historical museum designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. The museum is located at Historical Dockyards in Portsmouth in the United Kingdom run by the Mary Rose Trust. The museum is dedicated to the 16th century Tudor navy warship Mary Rose as well as the historical context in which she was active. The museum opened in 1984 and displays artefacts from the ship as well as the ship itself in a dedicated ship hall while it has been undergoing conservation. In September 2009 the ship hall was closed to allow the start of construction of a new museum that was opened at the end of May 2013.[1] The complete conservation of the Mary Rose will be finished in 2016, when she will be fully integrated with the new museum environment.


The new Mary Rose museum designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will and built by construction firm Warrings opened at the end of May 2013. The construction has been challenging because the museum has been built over the ship in the dry dock which is a listed monument. During construction of the museum conservation of the hull continued inside a sealed “hotbox”. In April 2013 the polyethyleneglycol sprays were turned off and the process of controlled airdrying began. By 2016 the “hotbox” will be removed and for the first time since 1545 the ship will be revealed dry. This new museum displays most of the artifacts recovered from within the ship in context with the conserved hull. The Mary Rose Trust will have created a world-leading museum in Portsmouth for the Mary Rose and the Tudor Navy, an international center for maritime archaeology and provide better facilities for education and outreach.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Mary Rose Museum”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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