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Figurehead of the Rosa Tacchini
F0105 A Figurehead - Rosa Tacchini - FHD0056
basic info
FigID
F0105
InstID
FHD0056
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Rosa Tacchini
Vessel name
Rosa Tacchini
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013
physical info
Description
This small half-length figurehead of a young girl from the wooden barque 'Rosa Tacchini' may be a portrait connected with the owners of the ship. It has been deliberately kept in its unrestored condition as an example of the state some items were originally in, washed up after some time in the sea.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H69.8 x W27.9 D30.5 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
Little is known about the ‘Rosa Tacchini’ but, while sheltering from a south-westerly gale in 1872, her anchor cables parted. She was driven onto the Paper Ledges, south of Tresco. She became a total wreck, having struck twice before settling on the rocks.

‘Rosa Tacchini’ details at time of wreck. Wooden barque, probably Italian, Registered: unknown. Built: unknown. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): unknown. Owner: unknown. Registered voyage: Buenos Aires to Antwerp. Cargo: hides, horns, hooves, tallow and wool. Master at loss: Abbate. Wrecked: 22 November 1872.
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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