Feeding the Officers
The officers and men on the Mary Rose came from very different backgrounds. Most of the officers came from rich families, and they were used to eating from gold and silver plates.
They didn’t usually take their best plates on-board ship. They took pewter plates and drank their wine and beer from pewter tankards. This is one of the officer’s plates found on the Mary Rose. Pewter is a mixture of tin and lead, and looks like silver when it is polished.
Some of the pewter plates have their owners’ mark on them. This picture shows the coat of arms of Viscount Lisle, the Admiral of the Fleet. Other plates had the mark of Sir George Carew, the Vice-Admiral, who was in charge of the Mary Rose when she sank.
This is one of the officers’ tankards. Its lid stops the drink spilling in rough seas. If you come to the museum, you will see other pewter tankards, including some big ones that would have been used as jugs. This tankards has “1545” scratched on its base. That is the year the Mary Rose sank.
This pewter flask was made to be carried around. It has a screw top lid, and loops on the side to hold a strap.
In Henry VIII’s time, people in England didn’t eat with forks; they used knives, spoons, and even their fingers! This is one of the pewter spoons found on the Mary Rose.