Figurehead of the HMS Wellington

Basic Information

FigID
F0282
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Wellington
Vessel name
HMS Wellington
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
Bust of the Duke of Wellington, half-length in military uniform and aiguillettes and wearing the Star and Sash of the Order of the Garter. He has a sash around the waist and a laurel wreath adorns his head.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
It is unknown who carved this figurehead but, when the ship was broken up in 1908, the figurehead was mounted at the south entrance of Devonport Dockyard where Douglas Owen recorded that it was a 'Bust; head laurel crowned; anybody's face with the Wellington nose. Military coat with aiguillettes'. He remains in Devonport as described except that he has now been moved indoors.
Vessel history
A 3rd rate, 74 gun ship launched in 1816 at Deptford. Originally named 'Hero' but renamed in the year of her launch. She was used as a training ship, HMS 'Akbar', from 1862 until sold in 1908.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p. 106

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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