Figurehead of the Thermopylae
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
This figurehead is a bust of warrior with gold/silver helmet and large gold plume. He wears a brown cloak around his shoulders over armour, secured by a brooch on the right shoulder. He has thick black beard and moustache. He is looking down and slightly left. There is gold scrollwork and the figurehead was mounted as if on the bows of a ship.
H132 x W47 x D58 cms
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead was for many years listed as unknown, but was later recognised by chance from a photograph. The head was salvaged from the wreck and brought to England, and was eventually found in a garden at Ramsgate.
This was a steamship of the Aberdeen Line which was wrecked at Green Point, Cape Town, in 1899.
The Cutty Sark Trust
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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