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Mary
Location  

Place Name : The Skerries, off Anglesey

Lat / Long : 0 ° 0 ' 0 '' - - 0 ° 0' 0'' - System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : yacht with 8 guns Built :  
Shipyard :
Hull material : wood  
Dimensions
Size : 100 tonnes Length : m Beam : m
History
Sunk : 1675.03.25 Cause : Date Found : 1971
Depth
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Top : 0 m 0 m
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Bed : 0 m 0 m
Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
Artifacts :
Wreck Owner
Owner : -
Access : unknown
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : An area within 100m radius of position 53 25' 16" N., 04 36' 40" W. excluding any part of the area which lies above the high-water mark of ordinary spring tides. Chart affected: 1413. This site is a designated Historic Wreck under the Protection of Wrecks Act, 1973
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The yacht Mary was presented by the City of Amsterdam to Charles II on his restoration in 1660. A 100 ton vessel carrying eight guns, she was not a great success out of her native Dutch waters. After a year serving as the first royal yacht, the Mary was transferred to the Navy but was wrecked on March 25, 1675 during a passage from Dublin to Chester. Her discovery in 1971 led to acrimon ious disputes between two rival groups of salvors and their activities on the site demonstrated the need for a law to control interference with important sites. Subsequent work under licence was supervised by the Merseyside Maritime Museum (Liverpool), where many of the items raised during these investigations are kept.
ADU designation: February 5, 1974; 1974 No. 4; 1974/58.
ADU licences: 1974 excavation; 1976 excavation; 1978 excavation, 1982-91 excavation.

References :
Davies, P. N., 1979, The discovery and excavation of the Royal Yacht Mary. Maritime Wales 3: 25- 73. Davies, P. N. & McBride, P. W. J., 1973, The Mary, Charles II's yacht. IJNA 2.1: 59-74.
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