The figureheads database contains records of over 300 figureheads.
You can either search directly or browse through the categories
Carving from the HMS Poictiers
Poictiers large
basic info
FigID
F0221
InstID
Figurehead type
Stern Carving
Title
Carving from the HMS Poictiers
Vessel name
HMS Poictiers
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 small bust of a medieval knight in a plumed helmet. The back is flat.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The carving is recorded in the 1911 Admiralty Catalogue as being at Chatham. When described in The Mariner's Mirror in a 1913 article, it was noted that it was 'cut level at the back' presumably for attachment to a flat surface' and this feature as well as its small size would suggest that it was part of the stern carvings from the ship. At some time before 1962, it was moved to HMS 'Ganges', then to Portsmouth in 1976 when Ganges closed. The figurehead itself was displayed at Sheerness between the 1920’s and 1980’s by which time it had decayed beyond repair. A replica is at the Blue Town Heritage Centre
Vessel history
HMS 'Poictiers' was a 3rd rate, 74 guns, launched in Upnor in 1809. She made a number of captures during the War of 1812. After spending a period as a depot ship, she was broken up in 1857.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.102
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 206
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