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Figurehead of the HMS Glasgow
Glasgow large
basic info
FigID
F0213
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Glasgow
Vessel name
HMS Glasgow
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
A full-length male figure in traditional Scottish dress of red, white and green. The kilted soldier is supposedly a representation of the city of Glasgow. He stands, about to draw his sword with his right arm as if in battle.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The figurehead was presumably removed from the ship when it was broken up in 1829. It became part of the Chatham Collection and was recorded there in 1911 and 1938. In 1949 the object was transferred to Suffolk as part of the HMS 'Ganges' training establishment, and remained there until 1976. The figurehead was then placed outside the Royal Naval Hospital for several years until finally being brought to its current location at the NMRN in 1983.
Vessel history
The ship was built by Wigram & Green of Blackwell in their private yard in 1814. The ship is classified as a ‘fir built’ frigate, a warship built of pitch pine. She took part in the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816 and the battle of Navarino in 1827. HMS 'Glasgow' was broken up in 1829 at Chatham Dockyard.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.38
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 200
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