Figurehead of the HMS Blazer
© National Museum of the Royal Navy
Photo: © National Museum of the Royal Navy
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
This unusual figurehead is a depiction of a smiling, golden sun.
The figurehead was designed by Robert Hall of Rotherhithe for the sum of £6.10.0 in 1834. After the ship was broken up in 1853 the figurehead was moved to NMRN at some point before 1911. The figurehead remains at the Portsmouth Museum. It is first recorded in the Portsmouth Museum catalogue of 1911, but not in the Admiralty catalogue of the same year.
HMS 'Blazer', a steam gun vessel, was built in and launched from Chatham Dockyard in May 1834. This figurehead is actually from the smallest ship represented at NMRN, at only 145ft long, paddle driven and armed with only three guns. The ship sailed to North America, the Mediterranean and West Indies whilst in service and was finally broken up in 1853 at Portsmouth Dockyard.
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.58
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National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
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