Last night, I watched a documentary about the Mary Rose. The Mary Rose sank in the Solent off Portsmouth late in the reign of Henry VIII. She was executing a manoeuvre which proved fatal in combination with the new high-tech weaponry which the king had ordered fitted to the somewhat out-of-date vessel. The documentary showed that the ship had been carrying more men than it was designed to hold, and that many had perished because there were nets stretched across the decks to prevent hostile boarding. I thought at the time that there were certain parallels with the Kursk tragedy. This morning, it was reported that there were more men on the Kursk than it had been designed to hold. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.