Figurehead of the HMS Sphinx

Basic Information

FigID
F0278
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Sphinx
Vessel name
HMS Sphinx
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
Turbaned, bearded male bust.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1845
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Designed by Hellyer for the sum of £9. A sphinx proposed in 1845 for the sum of £8.10.0 was not approved.
Vessel history
A wood paddle slop, 6 guns, launched at Woolwich in 1846. From 1850 she was stationed in the East Indies and her men saw action in the Second Burma War of 1852. During the Crimea War, she transported French troops to the Baltic and in 1854 took part in the bombardment of Sevastopol. From 1859 to 1863, she was stationed in the East Indies and China. From 1865 to 1868 she was on the North America and East Indies Station. She was broken up in Devonport in 1881.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.230
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No. 456

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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