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Figurehead of the HMS Apollo
Apollo large
basic info
FigID
F0198
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Apollo
Vessel name
HMS Apollo
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Museum of the Royal Navy
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Museum of the Royal Navy
Current location
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
Location date
physical info
Description
The figurehead is of Apollo, son of Jupiter. He represented the mythological embodiment of the sun and is typically represented as an archer. A semi-nude bust draped in blue cloth with long hair crowned by a laurel wreath.
Maker
Edward Hellyer
Date made
1817
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The original figurehead made in 1805 was replaced with another made for the sum of £6 by Hellyer Design in 1817. The surveyor of the Navy chose a cheaper bust rather than the alternative design submitted for a full length figure. When the figurehead was eventually removed from the ship, the trailboard carvings, including a bow and arrow, were not saved and are now lost.
Vessel history
The ship was named after the Greco-Roman God Apollo. She was built by Parsons at Bursledon and launched in 1805. She was used as a troop ship in the China War of 1842. The vessel was converted to a store ship and served in this role during the Crimea War before being broken up in 1856.

Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p32,
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy (Seaforth, 2011)p.148 and p.205
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 338
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Contact details
National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified