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Figurehead of the HMS Isis
 
basic info
FigID
F0294
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Isis
Vessel name
HMS Isis
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© UK MoD Crown Copyright 1983
Copyright notes
Current location
HMS Unicorn, Dundee
Location date
02/04/2013
physical info
Description
Female half-length bust, wearing a helmet and scaled armour. Her long hair falls over her shoulders. The shoulders and the base of the figure are draped and there are two rows of beads running around the body below the breasts.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1852
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Possibly a replacement carved by Hellyer in 1852.
Vessel history
Frigate launched in 1819 at Woolwich. During 1827 as part of a squadron under the overall command of Vice-Admiral Sir John Gore, 'Isis' took part in an operation to suppress Greek piracy in the Mediterranean. The squadron attacked the pirate base on the island of Grabusa. After destroying the Greek ships, 'Isis' and 'Cambrian' collided in the narrow entrance to the harbour. Shortly afterwards 'Cambrian' went on the rocks and was lost. 'Isis' was used as a coal hulk from 1861 and was sold for breaking up in 1867 at Sierra Leone.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.218
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No. 201
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Contact details
HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee DP1 3JA
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified