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.
GV & SV Southsea Castle (2 shots)
CUs INT Castle - model of the Mary Rose in castle museum with curator narrating its history
SV & CU Curator explaining picture showing battle in which Mary Rose foundered
MUSEUM CURATOR: "This is the model of this splendid ship as we believe it to have been.... the Mary Rose. This is the scene 400 years ago with the French invasion fleet off the Isle of Wight here, the English fleet out of Portsmouth Harbour seeking to oppose the French fleet in a flat calm and attacked by French gunboats. It was all happening in front of Southsea Castle where we are today and in the course of this engagement this modern ship, one of the finest ships of Henry's fleet, foundered with the loss of some 700 men. This is the gun-port head which was found during last season's work, and is of special interest because the Mary Rose may well have foundered as a result of the gun-port lids being left open when the ship heeled. These guns were recovered in 1970 and 1971, and were found to be loaded. The larger gun had a shot in the breech and a powder charge in the chamber, and the gun was ready for action."
CU Curator shows salvaged gunport from Mary Rose and explaining significance
SVs Guns salvaged form Mary Rose - curator voice-over explaining history (2 shots)
GVs TRAVEL SHOTS On board boat heading for Mary Rose, buoy and salvage ship alongside (2 shots)
SVs Diver preparing to go underwater with underwater camera, and SV diver entering water (3 shots)
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.