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Figurehead of the HMS Ariadne
 
basic info
FigID
F0259
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Ariadne
Vessel name
HMS Ariadne
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
Copyright notes
Current location
Boathouse 4, HM Naval Base Portsmouth
Location date
physical info
Description
A three-quarter-length female bust in classical dress with grapes and vine leaves in her hair. It has a coronet decorated with stars in the tailboard. Adriadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and after her death her wedding garland was placed in the sky as a constellation.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1858
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Carved by Hellyer for the sum of £24.10.0
Vessel history
A wood screw, steam frigate, built at Chatham and launched in 1859. In 1860 she provided part of an escort to the Prince of Wales on a visit to Canada and the United States of America. In 1876 she provided accommodation at the torpedo school HMS 'Vernon'. From 1905 she was renamed 'Actaeon' and became the Sheerness Torpedo School ship until she was acquired by Castles' for breaking up in 1923.
Bibliography
David Pulvetaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.139 and p.205
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Contact details
HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3NU
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified