Figurehead of the Britannia of Littlehampton

Basic Information

FigID
F0008
InstID
FHD0067
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Britannia of Littlehampton
Vessel name
Britannia of Littlehampton
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
12/11/2012

Physical Information

Description
Cream or white-painted figurehead of the schooner 'Britannia', latterly of Littlehampton. It represents a three-quarter-length female figure of Britannia in a mail coat and helmet.The right arm is held across the breast, the left straight down the left side.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H121.9 x W38.1 x D43.2 cms
Materials
Wood; Pine
Object history
The figurehead was placed on loan to NMM in 1950 by Joseph Robinson's granddaughter, Mrs R. Davies, and presented by her in 1975.
Vessel history
The ship was a schooner of 107 feet long, 186 tons, official no. 51325, built by Kinlock of Garmouth, Scotland. She was in Garmouth ownership until at least 1878; Sunderland ownership in 1880 and probably in that area until 1898 when her ownership was in Hartlepool. In 1900 she was bought by Joseph Robinson of Littlehampton, Sussex. In 1903 he owned seven vessels and all seven of his sons (out of twelve children) sailed in them. S.D. Robinson is noted as master of the 'Britannia' in 1902 and the ship last appears in Lloyd's Register in 1911.
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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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