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Figurehead of the Terra Nova
 
basic info
FigID
F0245
InstID
32.258
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Terra Nova
Vessel name
Terra Nova
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Museum Wales
Copyright notes
Current location
National Museum Cardiff
Location date
physical info
Description
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.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H177.0 x W530 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
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.
Vessel history
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.
Bibliography
Information supplied by National Museum Wales.
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Museum Wales
Contact details
National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified