Figurehead of the HMS Albion

Basic Information

FigID
F0239
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Albion
Vessel name
HMS Albion
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© Hull Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Current location
Hull Maritime Museum
Location date
19/03/2013

Physical Information

Description
This figurehead is a three-quarter-length bust of Britannia, the female personification of Britain. The figure wears scaled armour and a skirt with a plumed helmet. On her upper arms Dickerson has carved lion masks.
Maker
Frederick Dickerson
Date made
1860-61
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
This figurehead replaced the 1842 demi-head of Britannia. Between 1860-61 HMS 'Albion' was converted for steam propulsion and the figurehead was renewed. Frederick Dickerson's design, which was sold for £35 at the time, is now preserved in the Dickerson Archive, Australia. The figurehead itself is now housed in the Hull Maritime Museum.
Vessel history
HMS 'Albion' second rate, 90 gun vessel designed by Sir William Symonds, Surveyor of the Navy, was built and launched from Devonport, Plymouth in 1842. The ship was sold to Castles' for breaking up in 1884.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘Figureheads of The Royal Navy’ (Seaforth, 2011) p.113 & 204

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Hull Maritime Museum
Contact details
Little Queen Street, Hull, Yorkshire HU1 3DX
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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