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Figurehead of the Salmon
F0071 Figureheads - Salmon - FHD0002
basic info
FigID
F0071
InstID
FHD0002
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Salmon
Vessel name
Salmon
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
07/02/2013
physical info
Description
Figurehead in the form of a fish. The finish in 2011 was gold.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H152.4 x W189.9 x D38 cms
Materials
pine
Object history
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
Vessel history
‘Salmon’ details at the time of the wreck. Wooden schooner of 178 tons, registered at Scilly. Built by Laprise, Quebec, 1859. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): 96.6 x 23 x 12.0. Owner: James Philips, St. Mary’s, Scilly. Registered voyage: London to East London. Cargo: general cargo. Master at loss: Jenkins, Scilly. Wrecked: 15 January 1871. She had been converted to schooner rig in 1869, having been built as a brigantine, and was sheltering off St. Mary’s on passage for South Africa when her anchor cable parted. She was driven onto the Mare Ledges off the south end of Tresco, Isles of Scilly, in a south-westerly gale. All her crew were saved, as well as her figurehead.
Bibliography
''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' (NMM, 1984).
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified