Figurehead of the HMS Rattlesnake
© UK MOD Crown Copyright 1983
Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Farnborough
Draped male bust of an American Indian wearing a feathered crown.
Designed by Hellyer's for the sum of £7.15.0
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.
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.225
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