Figurehead of the HMS Vernon

Basic Information

FigID
F0267
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Vernon
Vessel name
HMS Vernon
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 Information

Description
Half-length bust male figure in mid-nineteenth century uniform, with a bow tie and stand up shirt collar. He has dark thick wavy hair with short sideburns.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1849
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
In 1849 the original figurehead had decayed and as a result Hellyer & Son of Portsmouth submitted a design showing the Vernon family arms with lion supports and a crest consisting of a boar's head emerging from a baron's coronet. This was not approved and the carvers were instructed to produce one 'in likeness of the late Lord Vernon'. The final design was a simple bust with the Vernon arms in the trailboards with the motto 'Vernon Semper Viret' (Vernon Always Succeeds).
Vessel history
A 4th rate, 50 guns, launched at Woolwich in 1832. She took part in the blockade of the Dutch ports in 1832. She was stationed in the 1840’s in the Mediterranean and then from 1845 on the South East Coast of America and East Indies stations. From 1876 with other hulks, she became the home of the Royal Navy’s torpedo school at Portsmouth. She was renamed Actaeon in 1886 and was scrapped in 1923.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.88

Ownership Information

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

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