Stern carvings of the HMS Bellerophon

Basic Information

FigID
F0318
InstID
Figurehead type
Stern Carving
Title
Stern carvings of the HMS Bellerophon
Vessel name
HMS Bellerophon
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
Location date
09/07/2013

Physical Information

Description
Stern carvings of the greek god Atlas from the captain's stern gallery.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
Materials
Wood
Object history
Salvaged along with the ship's figurehead, when 'Bellerophon' was broken up, by Admiral Maitland when admiral superintendent at Portsmouth dockyard 1833-37. Maitland was captain of 'Bellerophon' when Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered on board the ship on 15th July 1815 at Rochefort.
Vessel history
'Bellerophon' was a 3rd rate, 74 gun ship, built by Graves, Findsbury in 1786. From 1815 she was used as a prison hulk, her name was changed to 'Captivity' in 1824 and she was broken up in 1836.
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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Museum of the Royal Navy
Contact details
National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
No
Date verified

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