Figurehead of the Diana
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
A full-length female figure in the dress of the 1840’s. She wears a dress with a low-cut, tight-waisted bodice. Her hair is in long ringlets on either side of the head. There are slots for arms but these are missing.
H162 x W38 x D54 cms
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. Acquired by Sydney Cumbers in the late 1940’s. About twelve years earlier it had been owned by a family called Wood.
The family story relating to this figurehead is very confused. A Mr Wood, aged 86 during the 1930’s said that the ship of 650 tons had been built at William Pitcher’s Northfleet shipyard in 1799. His father had helped to build it and also to break it up. The 18th century date is clearly inconsistent, and the Wood family story that the ship had taken part in the Franklin’ search expeditions is not correct, at any rate in respect to the naval expeditions. They may have been confusing her with the ‘Diana’ of Hull – a 350 ton German built vessel, trapped in the polar ice in 1866.
The Cutty Sark Trust
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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