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Figurehead of HMS Wellesley
HMS Wellesley
basic info
FigID
F0258
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of HMS Wellesley
Vessel name
HMS Wellesley
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Copyright notes
Image: © The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Current location
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Location date
20/03/2013
physical info
Description
A portrait male bust in uniform and sash, scaled armour at the shoulders, half-length. Rather naïve in style.
Maker
Dickerson
Date made
1842
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Object history
Figurehead bust carved by Overton and Co 1813 for the sum of £21. A replacement carved by Dickerson 1842 for the sum of £25.
Vessel history
A 3rd rate, 74 guns, launched at Bombay in 1815. She took part in the capture of Karachi in 1839 and the First China War in 1841. In the latter conflict, her crew took part in operations leading to the capture of Hong Kong, Canton and Amoy. From 1854, she was a guard ship at Chatham. She was later used as a floating reformatory moored off Purfleet and an industrial training school on the Tyne. In 1928 she moved back to Gravesend where in 1940 she was damaged in an air-raid and sank. She was raised and broken up at Tilbury in 1948.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ' Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.234
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