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Figurehead of the HMS Polyphemus
F0038B Figureheads - HMS Polyphemus - FHD0096
basic info
FigID
F0038
InstID
FHD0096
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Polyphemus
Vessel name
HMS Polyphemus
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
Pine figurehead depicting the head of the mythological one-eyed giant Cyclops, blinded by Odysseus (Ulysses) in Homer's 'Odyssey' . It is finished with black oil paint and weighs 63 kilograms.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H83.8 x W68.6 x D61 cms
Materials
Wood: Pine; Lead paint
Object history
Figurehead was housed at Chatham Dockyard, until it was presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in December 1955
Vessel history
The ship was a 64-gun third-rate built at Sheerness Dockyard in 1782. 'Polyphemus' captured the French ship 'Tortue', one of the French vessels sent to land troops in Ireland in 1797. The vessel was involved in the battle of Trafalgar 1805, and part of the blockading squadron at the Saintes. She was converted to a powder hulk in 1813 and was finally broken up in 1827.
Bibliography
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 207
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