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Figurehead of the HMS Centaur
Centaur large
basic info
FigID
F0274
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Centaur
Vessel name
HMS Centaur
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
A full-length figure of a centaur, right hand on the body, left hand clasped and resting on its forehead. The two back horse legs are carved in relief, the other four limbs in the round.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
1842
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Vessel history
A 6 gun wood paddle frigate, launched at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1845. Her crew were involved in anti-piracy operations on the coast of West Africa when she was commanded by Commodore Arthur Fanshaw. She was sent to the Baltic in 1855 during the Crimea War. The vessel was broken up in 1864 at Plymouth.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.146
Admiratly Catalogue (1911) No.413
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