Figurehead of the HMS Ajax

Basic Information

FigID
F0060
InstID
FHD0120
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Ajax
Vessel name
HMS Ajax
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Neptune Hall NMM
Location date
07/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Figurehead of HMS 'Ajax'. The polychrome-painted, bearded male figure is a half-length bust in classical armour and plumed helmet, wearing the Order of the Bath above a fiddle (backward turning) scroll: the armour is similar to that of FHD0061, made at Plymouth nearly thirty years before, suggesting common forms of source.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H449.6 x W142.2 x D144.8 cms
Materials
wood: pine
Object history
The Figurehead was housed at the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport until being presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936.
Vessel history
HMS 'Ajax' was a 74-gun third rate built for the Navy by Perry's Yard, Blackwall, in 1809. She was engaged in the Blockade of Toulon in 1810 and captured the French vessel 'Dromadaire' in 1811. The ship was converted to a screw steam ship of the line in 1848 and sold out to Castle's of Charlton in 1865.
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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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