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Figurehead of the HMS Defiance
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basic info
FigID
F0317
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Defiance
Vessel name
HMS Defiance
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
UK MOD Crown Copyright 1983
Copyright notes
© UK MOD Crown Copyright 1983
Current location
Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Location date
physical info
Description
The bust of a bearded, classical warrior in scaled armour and plumed helmet.
Maker
Hellyers
Date made
1859
Place made
Portsmouth
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Hellyers of Portsmouth had submitted a design in the form of warrior bust with an estimate of £40. The Surveyor's office was reluctant to approve this warrior figure as a similar one had been carved in 1855 for HMS Repluse but had not been fitted when her name changed to Victor Emanuel. Hellyers were asked how much it would cost for the Repulse carving to be altered to fit Defiance and their estimate of £4 was accepted. The rather softer design that had been submitted in 1855 wearing a beard and with a shield in the trailboards was fitted.
Vessel history
HMS ‘Defiance’ was a screw 2nd rate, 81 guns, launched at Pembroke Dock in 1861. She became a torpedo school in 1884 and was acquired by Castles for breaking up in 1931.
Bibliography
David Pulvertaft ‘Figureheads of the Royal Navy’ (Seaforth 2011) p. 170,171 and p. 211
Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Contact details
Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified