Wooden feeding bottle for sick
and injured members of the crew

Ships contained a lot of men all crowded together, so disease could spread very quickly through the fleet.

After the Mary Rose sank, an epidemic of sickness spread through the fleet at Portsmouth.

This was said to have been caused by hot weather turning the food on board the ships bad. The disease was probably dysentery.

So many captains fell sick that Henry VIII had trouble finding new ones!

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