Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jungheinrich Donate Fork Truck So Mary Rose Can Rise Again

465 Years Between Services for Warship
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is due to open in 2012 and now materials handling specialist Jungheinrich UK have come forward to assist the project which is tasked with returning the old ship to her former glory. The company has donated free of charge a 3000kg capacity electric counterbalance model EFG 430 from their Ready to Go range to assist in manoeuvring the numerous artefacts, including the heavy guns (as pictured)and ship’s anchors, around the display site.

The truck, bearing the logo of B&Q - a strong supporter of the Mary Rose Trust, like all the Ready to Go range, has been completely dismantled, cleaned inside and out and had all worn or defective parts – including tyres and lift chains – replaced before being repainted, reassembled and safety tested and was warmly welcomed by Dr Glenn McConnachie, Conservation Manager at the Mary Rose Trust who said:

“We are delighted that Jungheinrich has generously donated the forklift truck. It will be a crucial piece of kit to enable us to move these unique artefacts - many of which have never been seen by the public before. Thanks to Jungheinrich, moving them into the new museum will be a lot easier”.

The new Museum is being built around the remains of King Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, which was raised from the bottom of the Solent in 1982. When complete it will house not only the famous ship herself but also some 14,000 beautifully conserved and unique artefacts that were recovered with her.

Since they were raised from the seabed, many of the unique and priceless artefacts – which include the personal possessions of members of the crew that perished when the Mary Rose sank in 1545 – have been kept at a number of sites within Portsmouth’s Naval Base. They are now being painstakingly conserved at a specially constructed conservation centre close to the site of the new museum before being shipped into the display areas.

Anyone interested in helping with the Mary Rose 500 Appeal fund can find out full details HERE.