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Figurehead of the HMS Calliope
Calliope large
basic info
FigID
F0204
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Calliope
Vessel name
HMS Calliope
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
Figurehead and trailboard carving. Calliope was one of the nine Greek mythological daughters of Zeus and muse of epic poetry. The half-length figure wears a white dress with gold belt detail below the bust. She holds a book in her left hand and stylus in her right. The figure also wears a gold diadem.
Maker
John Dudman (common belief)
Date made
July 1808
Place made
Deptford
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
It is believed that this figurehead came from HMS Calliope, however, the evidence has been lost.
Vessel history
HMS 'Calliope' was built by John Dudman of Deptford where she was launched in July 1808. In October 1810 she captured the privateer La Contesse d’Hambourg, in the North Sea. For a brief time in 1817 the ship was stationed in Portsmouth. After this she became tender to the royal yacht, Royal George in 1825. HMS 'Calliope' was broken up in 1829. Two other existing Calliope figureheads - the 1837-1883 figurehead is in the Devonport Collection and the 1884-1951 is in the Royal Naval Reserve at Gateshead.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.34
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 410
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