Woof! A *really* old sea dog…
My cats might disagree with the following story – as a matter of fact, Charlie just gave me his most disapproving look – but for all of you who think that dogs are man’s best friend:
The 16th century sea dog acquired the nickname [Hatch] after divers discovered her remains near the sliding hatch door of the ill-fated ship’s carpenter’s cabin, where she had lain since it sank in 1545.
And what about Hatch’s job aboard the Mary Rose?
The mongrel was most likely on board as the ship’s ratter – superstitious Tudor seamen did not have cats on board as they were thought to bring bad luck.
Ladies and gentlemen, Charlie just left the room.