Figurehead of the Thermopylae

Basic Information

FigID
F0150
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Thermopylae
Vessel name
Thermopylae
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
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.
Maker
Hall Russell
Date made
1891
Place made
Aberdeen
Size
H132 x W47 x D58 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 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.
Vessel history
This was a steamship of the Aberdeen Line which was wrecked at Green Point, Cape Town, in 1899.
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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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