Figurehead of the HMS Rattlesnake

Basic Information

FigID
F0300
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Rattlesnake
Vessel name
HMS Rattlesnake
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© UK MOD Crown Copyright 1983
Copyright notes
Current location
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Farnborough
Location date
02/04/2013

Physical Information

Description
Draped male bust of an American Indian wearing a feathered crown.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1846
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Designed by Hellyer's for the sum of £7.15.0
Vessel history
A 6th rate, 28 guns, launched at Chatham in 1822. After early deployments to the Mediterranean and South America she saw action during the First China War 1840-42. She was converted to a survey ship in 1845 and made an important voyage of exploration to North Australia and New Guinea under the command of Captain Owen Stanley, T.H. Huxley acting as Assistant Surgeon and naturalist. She was broken up at Chatham in 1860.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.225

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Contact details
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, R200 Building, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0LX
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified

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