Figurehead of the HMS Tamar

Basic Information

FigID
F0280
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Tamar
Vessel name
HMS Tamar
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
Male three-quarter length figure depicting a bearded bare chested river god. A laurel wreath adorns his head.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The figurehead was replaced with a female three-quarter-length, lost with the vessel in Hong Kong.
Vessel history
An iron screw troopship built in Millwall and launched at Polar in 1863. She was used as a transport during the Ashanti War and the 1882 campaign in Egypt. 'Tamar' became a base ship at Hong Kong in 1897 where she was scuttled in 1941 before the Japanese invasion.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.230
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No. 461

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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