Figurehead of the HMS Bristol

Basic Information

FigID
F0007
InstID
FHD0066
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Bristol
Vessel name
HMS Bristol
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 yellow-ochre painted female head which formed the figurehead of HMS 'Bristol'. The original figurehead was a three quarter length bust of which the head and neck has survived.
Maker
Hellyer Design
Date made
1860
Place made
Unknown
Size
H55.9 x W45.7 x D55.9 cms
Materials
Organic; Wood; Pine; Lead paint
Object history
Designed by Hellyer for the sum of £27.10.0 Ex-Castles & Co, Baltic Warf, Milbank. This item was presented by Mr A. V. B. Prowse AMRINA in 1963.
Vessel history
HMS 'Bristol' was a wooden screw frigate of 51 guns, 3027 tons burthen, built at Woolwich Dockyard in 1861. It was later reduced to 31 guns. HMS 'Bristol' served as a training ship, with cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College and was later deployed in East Africa and on the Congo River. HMS 'Bristol' was later off Madeira and Bahia with the Flying Squadron, returning to England in 1869. In 1871 she arrived in Plymouth sound and departed the next day for Portsmouth, still serving as a naval cadet's training ship. From April 1871 through to 1879 she served at the South American station, before returning to Portsmouth. HMS 'Bristol' was sold out of the Navy in 1883 and broken up by Castles' Shipbreaking Company Ltd.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy'( Seaforth, 2011) p.208

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
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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