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Figurehead of the HMS Blazer
Blazer large
basic info
FigID
F0203
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Blazer
Vessel name
HMS Blazer
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
This unusual figurehead is a depiction of a smiling, golden sun.
Maker
Robert Hall
Date made
1834
Place made
Rotherhithe
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
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.
Vessel history
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.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.58
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