Mary Rose isn’t historic, it’s just ‘heap of rotting wood’ says TripAdvisor

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Visitors to one of Britain’s most famous warships have moaned it is just a heap of `rotting wood'.

Henry VIII’s flagship The Mary Rose – which sank in 1545 – can be seen in a museum in Portsmouth after being lifted from the seabed in 1982 in a salvage operation watched live on TV by 60 million people across the globe.

But some visitors to the museum – which has thousands of precious artefacts salvaged from the vessel on display – reckon it is a let down.

Museum bosses advise on their website people cannot step onto the ship's remains because the priceless piece of the UK's maritime history is too delicate.

Robette dismissed it whined on TripAdvisor as `'damp rotting wood', adding: "If your (sic) into history and all that goes with it, great place to go!! If your (sic) not that into it Eastney pumping station nearby just about as interesting.''

Another person said: "A lot of time, effort and taxpayers money to show what is a rotting pile of wood that should of been left at the bottom of the solent with the thousands of others.''

Holly said: "I found the Mary Rose boring as there is only a lot of reading and not much too it as they should made it much more interesting.''

Someone else wrote on Google: "Can't get away from the fact the Mary Rose is not much more than driftwood roughly stacked at the side of a warehouse.

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"It is also a museum of `look don't touch'. People need to get into the room, smell and touch the thing. But for the most part everything is locked away in boxes.''

Another said: "Dead. Not much boat left and ok exhibitions.''

Visitors – who pay £24 entry – are told by the museum: "After spending 437 years buried on the seabed half of the Mary Rose's structure has been lost, eaten away by shipworm and other wood-eating marine creatures.

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"Although half of the ship is missing this allows us to show the structure of the ship in a unique way, the ship itself providing a cutaway of a Tudor warship.

"Because of this, visitors are unable to go onto the Mary Rose, but the experience of life onboard is recreated through the many thousands of objects recovered from the seabed.''

The ship was launched in 1511 and fought in two wars against France and Scotland.

It was part of a defensive fleet when a large French armada attacked the Isle of Wight with the intent of invading England via Portsmouth.

But she capsized, taking her crew of around 500 to the bottom of the sea just a couple of miles from the coast.

A spokesman for The Mary Rose Museum had not responded to a request for comment.

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