Figurehead of the River Lune

Basic Information

FigID
F0076
InstID
FHD0009
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the River Lune
Vessel name
River Lune
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
PHoto: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
A fine three-quarter length female figurehead from the iron barque ‘River Lune’, in white and gilded classical-style dress with green trim and a green cloak. The hair is long and flowing with a gold headdress and the left arm holds the cloak across the lower breast.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H213.4 x W69.8 x D59.7 cms
Materials
Wood: 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
Iron barque. The ship’s estimated position was 10 to 15 miles west of the Bishop Rock when, through thick fog, the lookout sighted rocks all around. In attempting to come about she struck the Brothers Rocks and started to go down. The crew abandoned the ship but later were able to return and collect their personal belongings. Although only 11 years old, her wreck fetched no more than £55 and her figurehead was saved for the ‘Valhalla’ Collection on Tresco. The 'Maipu' (see FHD0018) was a casualty of the same fog.

‘River Lune’ details at time of wreck. Iron barque of 1172 tons, registered in Liverpool. Built by Schlesinger, Wallsend, 1868. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): 216.0 x 35.6 x 22.2. Owner: John Hargrove & Co. Registered voyage: Lorient to Ardrossan. Cargo: in ballast. Master at loss: George West. Wrecked: 27 July 1879.
Bibliography
'Valhalla' the Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' [NMM, 1984]

Ownership Information

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

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