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Figurehead of the HMS Megaera
F0034 Figureheads - HMS Megaera - FHD0092
basic info
FigID
F0034
InstID
FHD0092
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Megaera
Vessel name
HMS Magaera
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
On display in Neptune Court, NMM
Location date
30/01/2013
physical info
Description
Female figure with head of snakes, it is a representation of Megaera - one of the Furies of Greek mythology.
Maker
Fairburns of Millwall
Date made
1846
Place made
Millwall
Size
H124.5 x W61 x D68.6 cms
Materials
Wood: Pine
Object history
The Figurehead was supplied by Fairbairn to a Hellyer design 1846. Figurehead was housed in Devonport Dockyard, until it was presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936.
Vessel history
HMS 'Megaera' was an Iron Screw Frigate with 6 guns. Completed in 1849, 'Megaera' was employed in the Crimea Campaign as a troopship and later as a store ship. In 1871, the vessel was ordered to Australia. 'Megaera' became unseaworthy on the passage between the Cape of Good Hope and Australia. She was beached on Saint Paul's Island where the crew and stores were discharged. The ship itself was broken up, but the figurehead was retrieved. The ship's company were eventually rescued after suffering many hardships.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy'(Seaforth, 2011) p.220
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 433
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified