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Billethead of the 'Award'
F0082B Figureheads - Award - FHD0021
basic info
FigID
F0082
InstID
FHD021
Figurehead type
Bow Carving
Title
Billethead of the 'Award'
Vessel name
Award
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
Elaborately carved black and gilded billethead from the ‘Award’. For notes see her trail board, FHD0001.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
116.8 x W34.3 x D61 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
The ‘Award’ was wrecked on Gweal, west of Bryher, on her second voyage, in March 1861. The crew scrambled along her spars onto the rocks and were saved by the men of Bryher. She was refloated but broke up on a beach on Bryher later in the same month. Much was saved apart from the trail boards; the billethead came to ‘Valhalla’ and the capstan is reported to have done so but does not survive. (More accurately, the capstan said to be 'Award's' was found on dismantling for conservation in the 1980s to be a mocked-up 'fake' and not worth repair.) Timber from her was also used to panel the state rooms of Tresco Abbey. Salvage money - £100 – received by the Bryher Islanders paid for a new pilot gig, ‘Golden Eagle’, which when built in 1870 cost £1 per foot, masts, sails and oars extra. The ‘Golden Eagle’ survives and regularly takes part in the summer gig races.

‘Award’ details at time of wreck. Wooden ship of 846 tons, registered at Liverpool. Built by Gilmour, Quebec, 1859. Owner: Rankin & Co. Registered voyage: Liverpool to New Orleans. Cargo: Wheat. Master at loss: Watts. Wrecked: 16 March 1861.
Bibliography
''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead 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