Figurehead of the Tantivy

Basic Information

FigID
F0149
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Tantivy
Vessel name
Tantivy
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 small full-length male figurehead with presumably missing feet. He wears a red hunting jacket with black trim, white shirt, white trousers, and black bow tie and black peaked cap. He also wears black/tan boots, and is stepping forward with his left leg. He is looking forward. His right arm is held across the chest holding a fox’s brush, and the left arm by his side holding a whip and cane. A hunting horn on a cord hangs by his left side. He has blue eyes and long grey sideburns.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H122 x W39 x D37 cms
Materials
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'.
Vessel history
This was a clipper schooner built about 1848 by Fellows and Company for S. Smith and Sons, then one of the largest firms in the fishing industry. The 'Tantivy' was considered to be the fastest vessel out of Yarmouth, and her best known master was Captain Thomas Downing, usually known as Little Tommy Downing.
When Coffee Smith died in 1877, his fleet of seventeen ships was sold. The Tantivy went into the coasting trade for a few years, but went ashore on Kessingland Beach, south of Lowestoft, during a bad gale and snowstorm during the early 1880's.
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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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