Figurehead of the Gravesend ex Spring

Basic Information

FigID
F0146
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Gravesend ex Spring
Vessel name
Gravesend ex Spring
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
04/03/2013

Physical Information

Description
A half-length female figurehead. She wears a red/white dress with a white shawl and gold collar. She has brown hair in a bun at the back and blue eyes looking right and slightly up.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H75 x W35 x D34 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead was found supporting the corner of a chicken house in a back garden, but none of the notes say where this was.
Vessel history
This was a wooden topsail schooner of 136 tons, built by W. Dale of Kingsbridge, Devon, in 1867 for Yabley and Company of Salcombe. She was built for the West Indian fruit trade, and known accordingly as a Salcombe fruiterer. She was sold in 1888 to Rillston and Company of Fowey, and then sold again in 1892 to W. Bromley of London and renamed 'Gravesend' ending up as a powder hulk in Gravesend Reach in the Thames estuary.
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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The 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

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