An underwater television camera is being used for the first time to salvage a little bit of old England -- the wreck of the 450-year-old warship the Mary Rose, once the pride of the English fleet.
CUs Underwater scenes from television monitor showing divers and wreck--archaeologist voice-over explains scenes (3 shots)
ARCHAEOLOGIST: "For the first time the general public can see what we've been waiting to show you -- the hull of the Mary Rose with divers working on her. She sank in 1545, over 430 years ago. These are live pictures coming from the seabed....about nine feet (3 metres) below seabed level, at the bottom of a very deep excavation, and you notice the excellent condition of the timber."
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Background: An underwater television camera is being used for the first time to salvage a little bit of old England -- the wreck of the 450-year-old warship the Mary Rose, once the pride of the English fleet.
SYNOPSIS: The Mary Rose foundered off Southsea in the English Channel, within sight of Southsea Castle. The castle's museum holds several of the pieces already salvaged.
The wreck of the Mary Rose is protected by a government order, and only vessels working on the salvage operation may approach the buoy marking the spot. Work on the wreck has been in progress for several years, and it's hoped to raise the entire hull one day. The special underwater television camera, carried down by divers and operated by remote control from the operations vessel, is the centre of the investigation into the possibility of raising the wreck. An archaeologist explains how it works.