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Mary Rose locator from Cornwall visits ship for first time

12 August 2013 Last updated at 12:24 BST

A man from Cornwall who helped locate the Mary Rose on the seabed in 1966 has seen Henry VIII's flagship for the first time.

George Cooke, 92, from Launceston, saw the vessel in its new multimillion-pound home at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard.

Mr Cooke was part of a team led by diver and historian Alexander McKee who discovered the ship in September 1966.

The team uncovered 19,000 artefacts and remains of many of the ship's crew.

Mr Cooke said: "Fantastic isn't it? I am surprised at the size of it. It's amazing. They have done a marvellous job preserving it."

The Mary Rose is one of the most famous ships in English history. It sunk during a battle with the French in 1545.

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