Hatch the dog returns to the Mary Rose after 500 years

By Culture24 Staff | 11 March 2010
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A painstakingly preserved and reconstructed skeleton of a dog is to return home to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose Museum after an incredible 465 years away.

The two-year-old mongrel worked as a ratter on board the Tudor warship and museum staff have named him Hatch after the skeleton was discovered in the sliding door of the captain’s cabin.

“We are very excited to bring our dog into the Museum for the first time, because the public, especially children, have always been particularly fascinated to learn that one had been discovered during the excavation,” said John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust and Hatch’s guardian.

“Expert analysis of Hatch’s bones suggests that she spent most of her short life within the close confines of the ship. It is likely that the longest walks she took were along the quayside at Portsmouth, her hometown.

Hatch is just one of 19,000 extraordinary Tudor treasures recovered with the wreck of the Mary Rose, but she has never been on display in Portsmouth simply because they have not had the room.

A Mary Rose 500 campaign is now running to ensure that a secure new home can be found for Hatch and the thousands of other artefacts found on the Mary Rose - go to www.maryrose500.org for more information.

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