Obviously, this wasn’t the real dog, whose preserved remains are on display in the Mary Rose’s multi-award winning museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but a cuddly replica.
The original ‘Hatch’ was the ratter on board the Mary Rose, ensuring that the rat population was kept to a minimum. Recent research has shown he was related to the Jack Russell terrier, learn more here
HMS Duncan agreed to take Hatch aboard because of their links with the Mary Rose Trust – the crew of HMS Duncan were heavily involved in the launch of our £27M museum, and celebrates the Navy’s earliest and latest purpose built ships, spanning a period of over 500 years.
HMS Duncan will be on deployment to the Mediterranean and the Gulf for nine months, working with allied nations to protect merchant shipping – a job the Mary Rose did during her first deployment, albeit much closer to home!
Hatch will be travelling with Lt James Baddeley, Deputy Marine Engineer Officer on HMS Duncan, who will be sending us back messages and pictures from Hatch’s adventures!
Hatch, along with the rest of HMS Duncan’s crew, is expected to return to the UK later in the year.