Figurehead of the HMS Semiramis

Basic Information

FigID
F0043
InstID
FHD0101
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Semiramis
Vessel name
HMS Semiramis
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
31/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
The female figure in classical dress, with its right arm raised, is a depiction of Semiramis, the semi-mythical queen of Assyria who is said to have built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1815
Place made
Unknown
Size
H274.3 x W139.7 x D86.4 cms
Materials
Wood: Pine
Object history
The figurehead was made for the sum of £6. It was presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936, after previously being housed on the first floor of the Rigging House of Devonport Dockyard.
Vessel history
A 5th Rate 36 gun ship built in Deptford Dockyard and launched in 1808. The ship was reduced to 24 guns in 1827 and broken up in 1844.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy'(Seaforth, 2011) p.229
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 453

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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