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Figurehead of the HMS Marlborough
Marlborough large
basic info
FigID
F0262
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Marlborough
Vessel name
HMS Marlborough
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Copyright notes
Photo: © Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Current location
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Location date
22/03/2013
physical info
Description
Half-length male bust representing the Duke of Marlborough wearing a long wig, cravat, armour and the collar of the Order of the Garter. The figure terminates in scrolls and drapes.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1854
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Object history
The figurehead differs from the original Hellyer design and may be a replacement.
Vessel history
Built in Portsmouth Dockyard where she started life as a 120-gun sailing First Rate, only to be lengthened and converted to a 131-gun,screw ship before been launched in 1855. From 1858, she was the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet until 1864. After that date she was a receiving ship at Portsmouth and later as a training ship for engineers. From 1904, she provided accommodation for the Portsmouth Torpedo School. When this moved ashore, 'Marlborough' was broken up in 1924.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.105 and p.220
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
Contact details
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth PO1 3TZ
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified