Figurehead of the HMS Blenheim

Basic Information

FigID
F0005
InstID
FHD0064
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Blenheim
Vessel name
HMS Blenheim
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
On display in Neptune Court, NMM
Location date
28/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
A male figure in uniform, with sash and order on the right breast, wearing a victor's laurel wreath. It sits on a fiddle-headed scroll bearing the Spencer-Churchill arms in the trailboards, as granted to the family in 1733. This figure has long been associated with the 1st Duke of Marlborough, but has not been positively identified.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H304.8 x W121.9 x D991 cms
Materials
Wood; Pine; Metal; Lead
Object history
The figurehead was in the Devonport collection when the Admiralty Catalogue was published in 1911 and was transferred to the NMM in 1936.
Vessel history
Figurehead of HMS 'Blenheim', a 74-gun, 3rd rate built at Deptford docks in 1813. The ship was used as a quarter vessel at Stangate Creek on the Medway from 1815, placed in harbour service in 1831 and converted to auxiliary screw power in 1837. She served in the China Wars, 1839-42 and the Baltic campaign of the Crimean War in 1854 before being converted to screw with Seaward's machinery in 1864. It was broken up at Devonport in 1865.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy(2011) p.106
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 407

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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