Figurehead of the HMS Ariadne
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
Boathouse 4, HM Naval Base Portsmouth
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.
Carved by Hellyer for the sum of £24.10.0
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.
David Pulvetaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.139 and p.205
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3NU
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