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Figurehead of the Bessie Whineray
F0003F Figureheads - Bessie Whineray - FHD0063
basic info
FigID
F0003
InstID
FHD0063
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Bessie Whineray
Vessel name
Bessie Whineray
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
National Maritime Museum
Location date
09/11/2012
physical info
Description
Polychrome-painted figurehead in the form of a half-length female figure holding flowers in the right hand, across the breast. She is clad in a mid ninteenth century costume.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H114.3 x W61 x D43.2 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Vessel history
The ship was a wooden brigantine of 168 tons, built by Wilson at Ulverston, Cumbria, in 1865 (official no. 54534). Her owners were: Bell & Co (1865-68); Whineray (1868-76); E.J. Sholtick (1876-79?); J. Melmore & Co (1880 on). In 1866 the ship claimed a record passage from the Clyde to St. Petersburg. She was recorded in the harbours of Glasgow (1870), Liverpool (1875, from Vlie), Liverpool (1876, heading to Malaga), Belfast (1879, 1882). She was generally used as a coal hulk in the 1880s, but it also transported burnt ore and chalk. The brigantine was sailing from London to West Hartlepool with a cargo of iron ore when she foundered 15 miles East of Spurn Head lightship on August 4, 1900. The vessel was then under the command of Capt. J. H. Cummins. The figurehead may be a portrait of Bessie Whineray, presumably a relative of her second registered owner, though this would be more convincing if he was her first or known to have been part of 'Bell & Co.'
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Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified