Figurehead of HMS Virago

Basic Information

FigID
F0257
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of HMS Virago
Vessel name
HMS Virago
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 Information

Description
A full-length female figure dressed in an 18th century petticoat and gown, striding forward and holding a torch in her right hand. A lock of hair over her right shoulder, right breast bared and the head turned to the left.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1842
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Carved by Hellyer of Portsmouth for the sum of £7.10.0
Vessel history
Paddle sloop, 6 guns, launched at Chatham in 1842. She served in the Mediterranean between 1843 and 1847. In 1851 she was placed on the Pacific Station and assisted vessel of the Chilean Navy in recapturing Punta Arenas. During the Crimea War, she took part in the siege of Petropavlovsk in August 1854. From 1867, she was stationed in Australia where she undertook survey work. The vessel was broken up at Chatham in 1876.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.233

Ownership Information

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

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