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Figurehead of the HMS Supply
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basic info
FigID
F0231
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Supply
Vessel name
HMS Supply
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
Carved as a half-length nude female figure with bunches of grapes held in both hands, her left breast is covered by sash over her shoulder. Her hair is decorated with vine leaves and small bunches of grapes suggesting the victualling stores that would have been included in the items that she provided to the fleet.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
After the ship was broken up there in 1879, the figurehead remained at Chatham. When the Royal Dockyard there closed, she was transferred to the Royal Sailor’s Home in Queen Street, Portsmouth. By 2005 she was in bad condition and was rescued for renovation by a figurehead historian and wood carver from Gosport, Eric Walker. She was later acquired by the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Vessel history
An iron screw storeship 6386bm 178ft built at Blackwall by C.J. Mare. She was purchased by the Admiralty before she was launched in 1854.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.109
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