Figurehead of the HMS Seaflower
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
HMS Nelson, HM Naval Base Portsmouth
Three-quarter-length female figure in a dress with full skirt and tight bodice. It has short sleeves. She holds a red rose in her right hand and has a gold trimmed headband.
The figurehead was mounted in 1906 in a niche high on the front façade of the wardroom of HMS Nelson-immediately opposite the establishment's main gate. It can be readily seen from Queen Street.
A training brig, 8 guns, 425bm, 100ft launched at Pembroke dock in 1873. From 1879, she was stationed at Portland as a tender to training ship Boscawen. In 1897 she was present at the Jubilee Review at Spithead. She was used as a workshop from 1904 and was sold to Castle, Charlton, for breaking up in 1908.
David Pulvertaft 'The Warship Figureheads Of Portsmouth' (Strood 2009) p. 16
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3NU
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