A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general. Updated most Tuesdays.
The large guns of the Mary Rose were lit using a linstock, a pole which gave a Master Gunner the ability to fire his gun from a safe distance. You can learn more about them HERE.
Of the 18 complete linstocks recovered from the Mary Rose, no two of them are identical. most of them have ornate carvings, either representing animals such as dragons, lions, crocodiles and other heraldic beasts, or in two cases, a human hand. Although some of the designs are similar, the variation in quality suggests that they were carved by their owners, suggesting that some of the master gunners were more artistically talented than others.