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Raising of the Mary Rose, The

Quick - the sealant! Peggy must have been very proud

DOES THE name BABCOCK POWER CONSTRUCTION ring a bell? It bloody well should. How many schools got the morning off doing Oxford Junior English or the dreaded SMP and were bundled off to the telly room for this slow-burning disappointment of a post-breakfast extravaganza? “But where’s the sails?” “What’s that yellow thing?” “Is that sodding it?” “Where’s Sarah Greene?” A testament of the rotting powers of the Solent, to be sure.



  1. Anonymous

    July 15, 2009 at 1:14 am

    And don’t us in Portsmouth about it! Oh well, at least it gave Bruce Parker some airtime. My memory? It was cold and wet, very wet! They couldn’t even do a decent job raising it, looking like it would plop back into the Solent at any stage.

  2. Clio

    April 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

    It did plop back into the Solent at one point with an almighty crash. It happened live and microphones caught someone say ‘Fuckin Hell !’

  3. tellycabbage

    April 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Did it?! That’s even better!

  4. Mick

    September 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Interesting how much junk was still inside it. Cutlery canteens, board games, you name it. I was impressed to see the Mary Rose wood still existing at all, plus seeing the bits and pieces photographed in books and TV.

    (Did they have the artifacts in the same place? I remember seeing the ship but not the bits when I went there.)

  5. Applemask

    July 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I daresay I still would have preferred it to actual school work.

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