Figurehead of the Terra Nova
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National Museum Cardiff
Three-quarter-length, female figure. She wears an off-the-shoulder, short sleeved dress with bows at the top of the sleeves. The bodice is tight and pointed at the lower, front edge, the skirt is full. The figure has short, swept-back hair, with roses placed in the back. She holds a rose in her right hand which is placed across the body.
H177.0 x W530 cms
The figurehead was presented to Cardiff Corporation by Frederick Charles Bowring, Esq. J.P., of Liverpool (the commemorative plaque bearing the date 8th December 1913). It stood for many years in the city's Roath Park and was then presented to the museum in 1932.
Built in Newfoundland in 1884 as a whaler and sealer. In 1903 she helped to free Scott’s ship 'Discovery' from the Antarctic ice and became his expedition vessel during his second visit to the Antarctic in 1910. Afterwards 'Terra Nova' went back to sealing and was also used as a collier. After reporting damage off Greenland in 1942, the crew were rescued and the ship set on fire and sunk by gunfire.
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National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
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