Figurehead of HMS Hastings

Basic Information

FigID
F0307
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of HMS Hastings
Vessel name
HMS Hastings
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© Merseyside Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Image: © Merseyside Maritime Museum
Current location
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Location date
02/04/2013

Physical Information

Description
A portrait of Francis Rawden-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings (1754-26) Governor General of India. A bust in army uniform.

Maker
Hellyer
Date made
1855
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
A replacement figurehead was carved by Hellyer in 1855. The figurehead was for many years displayed on the premises of C.W. Kellock & Co, ship brokers.
Vessel history
'Hastings' was built in 1818 as an East Indiaman and was bought by the Royal Navy the following year. A 3rd rate of 74 guns, she served in the Syria and Burma campaigns. The ship was converted to screw propulsion in 1855 and joined the fleet in the Baltic. From 1857 she was a coastal defense vessel at Liverpool and between 1857 and 1862, an RNR training ship. In 1870 she became a coal hulk. The ship was broken up in 1886.

Bibliography
David Pulvertaft 'Figureheads Of The Royal Navy' (Seaforth 2011) p. 216

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Contact details
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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