A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general. Updated most Tuesdays.
While most of the rigging of the Mary Rose was removed during the Tudor attempts to recover the ship, some spare elements were recovered below decks, including this parrel assemblage, still on its original fittings.
There are three interesting things about this particular parrel. Firstly, it had been used, as the ribs show signs of rubbing, so either this was left over from another decomissioned ship, or it was originally from the Mary Rose, but had been replaced. Secondly, the ribs appear to have originally been painted yellow, a feature that would probably never have been noticable.
Finally,the balls, or trucks, are made of walnut wood, which when rubbed secrete oil, suggesting that this wood was chosen for its self-lubricating properties.