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Figurehead of the HMS Rodney, 1884
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basic info
FigID
F0254
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Rodney, 1884
Vessel name
HMS Rodney
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Copyright notes
Photo: © The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Current location
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Location date
20/03/2013
physical info
Description
Half-length male figure representing the admiral in full-dress uniform wearing a ribbon and the star of the Order of the Garter. The right arm is placed across the waist, the hand now missing. The left hand is shown grasping the hilt of a sword.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1859
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Designed by Hellyers of Portsmouth for the sum of £45. The ship was one of the most inappropriate ships to have been fitted with a figurehead as she had a vertical stem-post and no bowsprit so the half-length figure of Admiral Rodney sat vertically with his head protruding over the level of the forecastle deck.
Vessel history
A 1st class twin screw battleship, 10 guns, 10,300 tons launched at Chatham in 1884. She was the last British battleship to have a figurehead. She served with the Home and Channel Fleets. In 1894, she was posted to the Mediterranean until 1897 and remained in reserve until sold in 1909 to ship breakers at Morecambe.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy (Seaforth 2011) p.92
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 246
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Contact details
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified