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Billethead Lofaro
F0077A Figureheads - Lofaro - FHD0010
basic info
FigID
F0077
InstID
FHD0010
Figurehead type
Bow Carving
Title
Billethead Lofaro
Vessel name
Lofaro
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013
physical info
Description
Dark green-painted and gilded billethead from the Neapolitian barque 'Lofaro'.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H156.2 x W34.3 x D39.4 cms
Materials
Wood
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
Neapolitian barque 'Lofaro' which, in February 1902, went down with all hands on rocks in St Martin’s Bay, Scilly, in a strong north-easterly wind. ‘Lofaro’ was first sighted by a St Martin’s coastguard but he left for his tea before there were signs that she was in trouble. When this became evident, the Round Island lighthouse keeper fired distress rockets to call the lifeboat from St Mary’s and the local gig ‘Emperor’ tried to give assistance but was prevented from rounding St Martin’s Head by the high sea. After ‘Lofaro’ went onto Merrick Rock the crew were seen swimming for the shore; all were lost and the lifeboat, now searching by lantern light in complete darkness, could only find wreckage. The next morning ‘Lofaro’s keel, with stem and stern posts attached, had been washed up; also three bodies and a chest, which contained the master’s gold watch and the ship’s papers, by which she was identified.

‘Lofaro’ details at time of wreck. Wooden barque of 721 tons, registered in Naples. Built by F. Sirello, Savona, 1876. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): 159.8 x 30.1 x 21.0. Owner: Francesco Lofaro di Pietro, Torre del Greco. Registered voyage: Hamburg to Cardiff. Cargo: in ballast. Master at loss: A. Ruffo. Wrecked: 2 February 1902.
Bibliography
'Valhalla' - The Tresco Ships' Figureheads Collection [NMM, 1984]
Ownership info
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