Figurehead HMS Penelope

Basic Information

FigID
F0037
InstID
FHD0095
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead HMS Penelope
Vessel name
HMS Penelope
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
Image: NMM copyright
Copyright notes
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
30/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
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.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1843
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
H144.8 x W53.3 x D73.7 cms
Materials
Wood: pine
Object history
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.
Vessel history
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.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'The Figureheads Of The Royal Navy'(Seaforth, 2011) p.223

Ownership Information

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
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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