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Figurehead of HMS Carnatic
Carnatic large
basic info
FigID
F0207
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of HMS Carnatic
Vessel name
HMS Carnatic
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 moustached Indian male figurehead wears a red beaded and jewelled turban on his head. His white tunic is believed to have been striped but the paint has worn off. Over his tunic he wears a chain of office. The bust is draped in a blue carved fabric.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
4th May 1914 (letter dated from admiralty requesting the figurehead be allocated to the Portsmouth Dockyard Museum).
Vessel history
HMS 'Carnatic' was built in Portsmouth Dockyard in 1823 named after the Karnatic in South-East India. However, the 3rd rate, 72 gun ship was never commissioned. Paid for by the East India Company, the ship remained in Portsmouth acting as a store and then in 1860 as a coal hulk. It was then used as a powder store on loan to the War Department between 1886 and 1891 and subsequently by the Admiralty. In 1914 she was sold and broken up in Germany.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.44
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