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Figurehead of the Hiawatha
Hiawatha
basic info
FigID
F0128
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Hiawatha
Vessel name
Hiawatha (later Fiskjo)
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
12/02/2013
physical info
Description
The figurehead represents a large full-length female (or possibly male) figure in Native North American Indian dress. Her costume is decorated with blue feathers, colourful edging and a belt with long white feathers hanging down. Her right shoulder is exposed and there is a tan coloured cloak over her left shoulder. She is wearing an armband (gold, white feathers) on her right arm, gold bracelets on both wrists, and a purse on her belt on the left side. She holds a 'Pipe of Peace' in her right hand (a long brown pipe with feathers). She has a white and red feather headdress. She has long black hair, and is looking up with her left arm across the breast. The lower part of the figure is covered by red drapery. There is a brown pedestal with green leaf decoration.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H230 x W57 x D60 cms
Materials
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead itself is a splendid representation of a North American Indian standing nearly ten feet high and estimated to weigh about half a ton.
Vessel history
The 'Hiawatha' was a steel ship of 1,498 tons, and was built in 1891 at Dumbarton by Archibald MacMillan and Son for H. Bjorn Jnr of Kragero, Norway. In 1917, he sold her to a Mr. Hansen who named her Fiskjo. She was sold to the Dover Shipbreaking Company in 1924.
There were three other ships with the same name, but there seems no doubt about the provenance of this figurehead.
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Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Cutty Sark Trust
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