The figureheads database contains records of over 300 figureheads.
You can either search directly or browse through the categories
Figurehead of the HMS Aurora
Aurora large
basic info
FigID
F0270
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Aurora
Vessel name
HMS Aurora
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
Copyright notes
Photo: © UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
Current location
Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Location date
28/03/2013
physical info
Description
Three-quarter length female bust, nude above the waist, draped below and around the arms. Her long hair falls across her shoulders and she wears a crown of sea shells. A carved flounce is draped around her hips and the figurehead has the lower edges of the skirt carved with branches and leaves. In the centre of the skirt, a star is carved within an oak wreath. The star bears a crescent moon and smaller star in the centre.
Maker
Hellyer of Cosham
Date made
1855
Place made
Cosham
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Carved by Hellyer of Cosham 1855 for the sum of £24.10.0
Vessel history
A wood, screw frigate,28 guns built a Pembroke dock and launched in 1861. She was deployed as a deterrent on the St Lawrence River in Canada during the ‘Fenian disturbances’ 1865-67. During the 1870’s she was used to train cadets, then she was a coast guard base at Greenock before being broken up in 1881 at Devonport.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.206
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 406
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Contact details
HM Naval base, Devonport
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified