The crew of the Mary Rose revealed.
Forensic scientists, more used to working with murder victims, have recreated the faces of seven of the about 500 men who died when the ship sank in 1545.
The new Mary Rose Museum has been dedicated to them, and it is through them the story of the ship is now being told.
This Day In Wrecks
1940: The French submarine Doris, damaged and unable to dive, is sunk by U-9 while on patrol near the Frisian Islands. All of her crew are lost. In 2003, the wreck is rediscovered.
Article by Ton van der Sluijs, one of the wreck divers
This Day In Wrecks
1848: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, on an Arctic expedition commanded by Sir John Franklin, are abandoned by their crews after becoming trapped in the ice for over a year and a half. None of the men survive the attempted walk back to the mainland. Later search parties piece together what happened to the expedition as notes, relics and bodies are recovered over the years. The two ships are never seen again.
pictured: The Erebus and Terror in better times, off the coast of New Zealand in 1841. (John William Carmichael)
This Day In Wrecks
1988: While escorting tankers through the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War, the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes an Iranian mine, causing a large amount of damage, including flooding in the engine room, a broken keel and a 15-foot hole in the hull. Ten sailors were injured, but no one was killed.
Above, the hole in the hull; the Roberts being lifted by the Mighty Servant 2 on her way to the repair yard.
I’ve been spending some time back in Ohio with my parents (I really need a rest, life bullshit etc etc you don’t care get to the shipwrecks lol) and my mom got me a book on Great Lakes shipwrecks called Graveyard of The Lakes. I’m enjoying it so far.
The Carl D. Bradley is a fascinating wreck, lying deep in Lake Michigan. She went down on the 18th of November, 1958, taking 33 of her 35 crew with her. The survivors claimed that the ship broke in two; a US Steel (the owners of the Bradley) survey soon after the wreck concluded that they were wrong and the ship was still in one piece. In 1997 a new survey that included Deck Watchman Frank L. Mays, the only survivor still living, determined that the men were correct, and the ship did indeed break in two. The brittle steel used in her construction (and in many ships from that era) was been blamed for her demise.
Above, a newspaper article on the tragedy - many of the men on the Bradley were from one community, Rogers City, MI, which was deeply affected; a picture of the Bradley in better days; the memorial ship’s bell placed by divers after the real bell was removed to be placed in a museum in Rogers City.
(more pictures of the wreck here)
Garonne River, near Margaux, France.
Photo Nicolas Da Costa
This ship is the Alligator.
It has been built in 1920 in Bourg sur Gironde by la Compagnie Bordelaise de Construction Maritime Moderne, the last one in a series of four sisterships.
Due to the shortage of steel and wood in WW1, it is a concrete ship, designed by mr. Freyssinet. In other French ports during 1918-1921 similar ships were built, some Freyssinet-design, some other designs.
At the end of WW2 the Alligator was sank by the Germans to block this part of the river. Most French concrete ships ended the same way as the Alligator, in a coastal area from Pyla in the South to Octeville in the North. In fact, of the Freyssinet-ships, the Alligator is the best preserved specimen known. Only the Gavial (until the 70’s in the Bassin de Commerce in Le Havre) and sistership the Crocodile (renamed Uilenspiegel) survived the war.
As far as known, The last Freyssinet-ship floating was the sistership Crocodile, which ended as the radio-pirate Uilenspiegel on the Flemish coast in 1962.