Figurehead HMS Penelope
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Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Figurehead of HMS 'Penelope' in the form of a kneeling female figure with shoulder length hair. Both arms are crossed over her body and resting on her left knee. The figure is wearing a cloak. The pose of the figure presumably refers to the reserved discretion of Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, who waited patiently for his return from Troy though besieged by suitors.
H144.8 x W53.3 x D73.7 cms
Stood in the Proof Yard, Woolwich. Figurehead was acquired from The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich as a replacement for the figurehead of 'Royal Anne' which disintigrated when on loan.
The ship was a 46-gun, fifth-rate frigate originally laid down at Portsmouth until the frames were transferred and relaid in November 1827 at Chatham Dockyard. Her official launch date was 1829 but she was only completed in 1843 on conversion to a paddle frigate. She was sold to Castle and Beech in 1864 for breaking up.
David Pulvertaft 'The Figureheads Of The Royal Navy'(Seaforth, 2011) p.223
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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