Figurehead of the Jane Owen

Basic Information

FigID
F0098
InstID
FHD0045
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Jane Owen
Vessel name
Jane Owen
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Small three-quarter length polychrome female figurehead from the wooden schooner 'Jane Owen'. This pretty little figure is in a blue evening dress of a style about 1850-55, with a low-cut top that conceals the absence of arms on the figure and bears a red rose at the breast.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H78.7 x W26.7 x D29.2 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 figurehead comes from a small Welsh schooner and may be a portrait figurehead. The vessel was on her way to Devonport in 1889 with a cargo of slates, when she was wrecked on the Queen’s Ledge, Isles of Scilly. She was later brought onto the beach by the farm buildings on Tresco to be broken up.

‘Jane Owen’ details at time of wreck. Wooden schooner of 76 tons, registered in Caernarvon. Built by Evans, Pwllheli, 1860. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): 68.2 x 19.7 x 9.3. Owner: R. Jenkins, Aberdovey. Registered voyage: Aberdovey to Devonport. Cargo: Welsh slates. Master at loss: R. Jenkins. Wrecked: 3 March 1889.
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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