Figurehead of the HMS Serpent

Basic Information

FigID
F0022
InstID
FHD0080
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Serpent
Vessel name
HMS Serpent
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
30/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
A serpent with several coils. The figurehead consists of four parts, FHD0080.1, FHD0080.2 , FHD0080.3 and a sign FHD0080.4.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1841
Place made
Chatham
Size
H365.8 x W106.7 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Made by Hellyer for the sum of £6.10.0. Formerly at the Victualling Yard at HM Dockyard Chatham and was permanently loaned to the NMM by the Admiralty in May 1963. NMM records note that it was previously at the Royal Victoria Victualling Yard Deptford. However the figurehead of 'Serpent' was at Chatham as early as 1911.This item has been associated with HMS 'Gulnare' 1833 in NMM records. Re-attributed to HMS 'Serpent' 1832 by David Pulvertaft, see ADM87/11 - a J.E. Hellyer drawing dated 1841. There is a photograph of the complete reptile in the 1938 'Figureheads in Dockyard, Royal Naval Barracks and Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham'.
Vessel history
HMS 'Serpent' was a brig sloop 16 built at Limehouse in 1832 and broken up in Portsmouth in 1861. HMS 'Gulnare' was a wood paddle gun vessel, built at Chatham in 1833, rebuilt in 1838 and renamed 'Gleaner'. She was broken up at Deptford in 1849.
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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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