Alexander McKee OBE
Medium Bronze (edition of 9)
Size 15" (38cm)
The Tudor warship the Mary Rose was swallowed by the seabed silt after she sank in the Solent in 1545. Alexander McKee (Mac), author and historian and his team of volunteer BSAC diverts rediscovered her approximate site in 1966 as part of Project Solent Ships. They later located her timbers by probing the sea bed with steel rods. The Mary Rose, this bronze bust and 20,000 artifacts now rest in the purpose built museum in Plymouth Historic Dockyard.
Without Mac she would be still lost to the sea.
Interesting FactsFunds for the bronze were raised by Henry Yelf, a former diver and friend of McKee. The bust was modelled in Luke's studio with the help from Mac's family and close friends. A second edition is in Hayling Island library.
Alexander McKee's family were a great help in supplying countless stories about his character and adventures on the sea.