The Mary Rose Collection
It’s 500 years since Henry VIII commissioned what was to become his favourite ship to be built. Pride of the English Fleet, The Mary Rose is the only 16th Century warship on display anywhere in the world.
It’s thought she was named after Henry’s favourite sister, Mary, and the Tudor emblem, the Rose. With an impressive 78 guns, she was one of the first Tudor warships to be able to fire a full broadside of cannons. Tragically, she came to an abrupt end in July 1545, when she accidentally sank in the Solent during an engagement with the French fleet.
The Mary Rose Trust was formed in 1979 and under the direction of Dr Margaret Rule CBE, an archeological team began the painstaking work to excavate the wreck.
On 11 October 1982 the remains of the Mary Rose were lifted from the water by a team led by the Royal Engineers. An astonishing collection of well-preserved artefacts were also recovered, which are displayed with the ship at the Mary Rose museum.
The wrecksite remains protected today even after the lifting of the majority of the remaining ship timbers.
Our Mary Rose Cover
Our cover has been specially designed to go with the House of Tudor miniature sheet issued by Royal Mail on 21st April 2009 and is cancelled with our official Mary Rose Trust / Portsmouth postmark. We were very proud to have worked with The Mary Rose Trust to produce the cover.
We are thrilled to be able to offer you a fantastic signature on our Mary Rose covers: Admiral Sir Jonathan Band GCB ADC, who is the current First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. We've never offered anything signed by the First Sea Lord before, so this really is something quite special and we're incredibly grateful to Sir Jonathan for signing for us.
If you are a member of our Bronze, Gold or Platinum clubs, this miniature sheet cover will automatically have been reserved for you.
IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER: Don't forget that when ordering any current or future unsigned covers, you'll automatically receive them at our special Club rate. This won't of course apply to older issues.
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Other Covers You Might Like
Good Queen Bess
Henry VIII's daughter by Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, became one of history's most famous and successful monarchs. We've paid tribute to this extraordinary Tudor Queen with our House of Tudor stamps cover. Together with the Mary Rose, these covers make a striking pair.
Don't miss our Mary Rose Medal Cover
If you love coin covers then this is just the cover for you! Featuring a stunning Mary Rose Trust medal, this cover shows the Mary Rose in all her glory.
Mary Rose Stamp Sheet
As part of our Mary Rose 500th Anniversary series, we've produced this stunning Stamp Sheet Presentation Pack. We've worked again with The Mary Rose Trust to produce the sheet and we think you'll agree it's something special.
Quick Facts: Mary Rose 500th Anniversary cover is a First-day Cover Issue date : 21st April 2009
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