Figurehead of HMS Trincomalee

Basic Information

FigID
F0304
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of HMS Trincomalee
Vessel name
HMS Trincomalee
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© HMS Trincomalee Trust
Copyright notes
Current location
Hartlepool
Location date
02/04/2013

Physical Information

Description
A half-length male bust depicting an Indian with a moustache, wearing a muslin shirt and a turban.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1845
Place made
Unknown
Size
Unknown
Materials
Wood
Object history
The original bust was carved by Overton & Co in 1813 for the sum of £6. The design by Hellyer's in 1845 was carved for the sum of £12.
Vessel history
A teak frigate built at Bombay by the Wadia family and launched in 1817. She was fitted out at Portsmouth in 1819 following her maiden voyage. She remained in reserve until 1845 when she was modified. From 1847 she served on the North America and West Indies Station. She returned to Britain in 1850 and joined the Pacific Squadron. She became an RNR drillship from 1861. In 1897 after being sold by the Navy, she was bought by George Wheatley Cobb and restored as a replacement for his earlier training ship, HMS 'Foudroyant'. She was restored again in 1986 and now once again known as 'Trincomalee' she is displayed at Hartlepool as a museum ship.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.231

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
HMS Trincomalee Trust
Contact details
HMS Trincomalee Trust, Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified

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