Figurehead of the HMS Basilisk

Basic Information

FigID
F0271
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Basilisk
Vessel name
HMS Basilisk
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 Information

Description
Female bust wearing eastern crown. Her hair is twisted with strings of beads and she wears in high-necked bodice with drapery below. The sleeves are decorated with fringes, cords and drapes. The figurehead is supported by scrolls decorated with carved foliage.
Maker
Hellyer of Rotherhithe
Date made
1847
Place made
Rotherhithe
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Vessel history
Basilisk was a first-class 6 gun wood paddle sloop, launched at Woolwich Dockyard in 1848. Trials in 1849 against the screw sloop Niger indicated that screw propulsion was superior. She served in the Baltic during the Crimea War. Afterwards she was deployed on the North America and West Indies Station in the Far East and then the Pacific. Under the command of Captain John Moresby she was employed in surveying the coast of New Guinea. She returned to the United Kingdom in 1874 and was broken up at Chatham in 1882.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.206
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 183

Ownership Information

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

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