Figurehead of HMS Trincomalee
© HMS Trincomalee Trust
A half-length male bust depicting an Indian with a moustache, wearing a muslin shirt and a turban.
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.
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.
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p.231
HMS Trincomalee Trust
HMS Trincomalee Trust, Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ
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