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Artifacts from Henry VIII’s Mary Rose

Newly revealed items from King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, show what life was like onboard the ship.

A urethral syringe used for curing syphilis, a perfectly restored comb with nits still inside and a bowl with graffiti marks made by the sailor who owned it are among the items to have been carefully preserved.

The Mary Rose Trust unveiled the items to mark the launch of an appeal to raise the remaining £4 million needed to build a new £35 million museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire, to house the ship’s remains and artefacts.

Other items revealed by the Trust include a giant wooden spoon used to stir a cauldron of porridge and an extremely-well preserved leather “manbag”.

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