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Model figurehead of the Durban
D5912
basic info
FigID
F0058
InstID
FHD0118
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Model figurehead of the Durban
Vessel name
Durban
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, NMM
Location date
07/02/2013
physical info
Description
Model figurehead of the barque 'Durban', 1870, representing the half (almost three-quarter) length figure of a bearded Zulu warrior with a shield on his left arm. The right arm is missing.
Maker
Nehemiah Williams of Tower Hill
Date made
1870
Place made
London
Size
H30.5 x W11.4 x D7.6 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Carved by Nehemiah Williams of Tower Hill circa 1870. Williams died at Limehouse in 1873. Presented to the NMM by Mr Auberon Raymond Willaims, 48 Magnolia road, Chiswick, London, 28/08/1991. According to the donor, the figure originally carried a spear aloft and wore a small beard. The full length figurehead from the Durban is on display in the Durban Museum and Art Gallery, South Africa.
Vessel history
The 'Durban', a barque of 332 tons, was built in London in 1870 and owned by Bullard, King & Co of the White Cross Line. From 1860, the company operated a regular service to Durban from London. The 'Durban' continued trading, until she was abandoned in 1887.
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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
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified