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Figurehead of the HMS Royal William
Royal William -  1992 large
basic info
FigID
F0277
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Royal William
Vessel name
HMS Royal William
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 standing figure of William IV crowned and wearing ceremonial robes of the Order of the Garter with detailed 'collars'of the orders of chivalry; the uppermost is the Scottish Order of the Thistle, in the centre is the Irish Order of St Patrick and the lowest of the three the English Order of the Garter(below which can be seen hanging the 'George' in the form of St George slaying the dragon.)
Maker
Frederick Dickerson
Date made
1833
Place made
Devonport
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The surviving full-length figurehead was removed when the ship was converted to steam in 1860 and replaced with a bust.
Vessel history
A 1st Rate, 120 guns, launched in 1833 at Pembroke Dock. She remained a guard ship at Devonport, throughout the 1850’s. She was converted to screw in 1860. In 1885, she was lent to Liverpool Roman Catholic Reformatory Society and renamed 'Clarence'. In 1899, she was destroyed by fire.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.187
Admiratly Catalogue No. 448
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