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Figurehead of the HMS Duncan
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basic info
FigID
F0242
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Duncan
Vessel name
HMS Duncan
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© HMS Caledonia, Rosyth
Copyright notes
Photo: © HMS Caledonia, Rosyth
Current location
HMS Caledonia, Rosyth
Location date
19/03/2013
physical info
Description
This figurehead is a three quarter length figure portrayal of Admiral Lord Duncan (1731-1804). Duncan was known for his involvement in the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 and the French Revolutionary War, 1793-1802. The Hellyer design shows Duncan in a naval uniform with sash. The trailboards are decorated with a flag, a cannon, cannonballs and a branch of an oak tree. These trophies symbolize the Admiral’s victories.
Maker
Edward and James Hellyer
Date made
1859
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
After the ship was broken up in 1910, the figurehead and trailboards were moved to Chatham and HMS 'Camperdown' the RNR drill ship at Dundee before finally being placed at HMS 'Caledonia' at Rosyth.
Vessel history
HMS 'Duncan' was a 1st rate screw vessel, built and launched from Portsmouth Dockyard in 1859. The ship was used in harbour service for many years before being renamed 'Pembroke' in 1890. The vessel then became the receiving ship at Chatham Barracks. She was broken up in 1910.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads of the Royal Navy' (Seaforth, 2011) p.94 & 212
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 194a
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
HMS Caledonia, Rosyth
Contact details
Hilton Road, Rosyth KY11 2EX
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified