1545 - French Invasion and Mary Rose sinking

French invasion fleet of 235 ships attempted to establish a foothold on the Isle of Wight and threatened Portsmouth. The King assembled a large army on Southsea Common. Fleet action off Southsea Castle on 19th July. “Mary Rose”, vice flagship, capsized in full view of the King with the loss of nearly 700 soldiers and sailors. (“Mary Rose” rediscovered in 1967. Raised on 11th October 1982 and subsequently docked in No.3 dock where her conservation continues.)

Appointment of a Surveyor of Ships and Rigging.