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Bow carving of the HMS Albatross
 
basic info
FigID
F0218
InstID
Figurehead type
Bow Carving
Title
Bow carving of the HMS Albatross
Vessel name
HMS Albatross
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Figurehead
Copyright owner
© National Museum of the Royal Navy
Copyright notes
Current location
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
Location date
physical info
Description
A bow scroll including a small, standing albatross.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The figurehead was preserved at Chatham Dockyard and is listed as being there in 1938. By 1949, the carving had been moved to HMS Ganges. After this institution closed, the item was transferred to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in 1984.
Vessel history
HMS 'Albatross' was a composite screw sloop built at Chatham Dockyard in 1873. She is a good example of the transition from sail to steam with her masts and single propeller, powered by an early compound engine made by Humpreys & Tennant. After a short career serving on the China station and in British waters she was broken up at Chatham in 1889.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.105
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