Figurehead of the HMS Queen Charlotte
HMS Queen Charlotte
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
HMS Excellent, Portsmouth
Half-length bust depicting a queen. She wears a royal crown, three ropes of pearls around the neck and a high-waisted dress with a chemise underneath. Part of a fur lined robe can be seen at the shoulders.
A replacement was carved in 1822 by Hellyer of Portsmouth for the sum of £35. At this time full-length figureheads were no longer in fashion and a large bust of the crowned Queen was commissioned.
A 1st rate, 104 launched in 1810 at Deptford. She was the flagship of Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, during the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816. After 1859, the vessel, renamed HMS 'Excellent', became the gunnery training ship at Portsmouth. She was broken up in 1892.
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p. 178 and p. 225
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth PO2 8ER
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