HMS Mary Rose

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Nine ships of the Royal Navy have been named Mary Rose. The first is thought to have been named after Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII of England, and the rose, the symbol of the Tudor dynasty. Later Mary Roses are named after the first.


  • In the 1894 novel The Captain of the Mary Rose, by William Laird Clowes, Mary Rose was a battleship (similar to the Chilean Capitán Prat) bought by the Royal Navy to replace losses after a surprise attack by the French.
  • Mary Rose a play by J. M. Barrie