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Figurehead of the HMS Star
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basic info
FigID
F0256
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Star
Vessel name
HMS Star
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
Female three-quarter-length bust. She is dressed in a tight bodice and full skirt, with a high frilled collar. She has flowers in her hair and her arms are draped.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1852
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Original figurehead carved by Robert Hall 1834. A female three quarter length bust replacement Hellyer design 1852.
Vessel history
Packet brig, 8 guns, launched at Woolwich in 1835. She carried mail across the Atlantic from Falmouth during the early part of her career. From 1844 she was employed in suppressing the slave trade stationed firstly off the West African Coast, then off the East Coast of America. She became a coastguard watch vessel in 1857. She was renamed 'WV.11' in 1863 and was broken up in about 1899.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.219
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 220
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Contact details
The Histoic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified