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Figurehead of the HMS Prince of Wales
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basic info
FigID
F0305
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Prince of Wales
Vessel name
HMS Prince of Wales
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© Scottish Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Image: © Scottish Maritime Museum
Current location
Scottish Maritime Museum
Location date
physical info
Description
A half-length bust of a clean-shaven, youthful male figure in red military uniform. He wears a sword belt, the sash and star of the Order of the Garter and crowns denoting his rank on his collar.
Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1859
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
The original designed showed then Prince in a sailor suit and straw hat. This was rejected because of the cost (£70). When the ship was eventually completed, the figurehead that was fitted was a bust of a much older prince for the sum of £65.
Vessel history
A 1st rate, 120 guns, she was converted to screw propulsion while on the stocks. She replaced the original 'Britannia' as the training ship at Dartmouth in 1869, her name was changed to 'Britannia' and her original figurehead was removed during her conversion at Devonport.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads of the Royal Navy' (Seaforth, 2011) p.194, 195 and p. 224
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Scottish Maritime Museum
Contact details
Scottish Maritime Museum, 6 Gottries Road, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8QE
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified