Figurehead of the HMS Seagull
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
A seabird perched on a scroll in a crouched position with wings partly spread. Painted: multi-coloured.
H50.8 x W9.91 x D5.84 cms
Transferred from HMD Devonport in 1936. Formerly in the Boatswains Store, North Yard. Presented to NMM by the Admiralty in 1936. Has been said to be the figurehead of HMS 'Albatross' but as it does not correspond with the photograph of this item (the original is now at the Royal Naval Museum). More likely to be from HMS 'Seagull' 1868 (listed in the 1911 Admiralty Catalogue "No 452 - SEAGULL Bird on scroll, 3' 3" by 1' 9". Gun Vessel, etc.")
HMS 'Seagull' 1868, a Plover class, double-screw gunvessel of 805 tons. Built Devonport Dockyard in 1868, HMS 'Seagull' served on the West coast of Africa from 1871 and the East Indies from 1879. She was then sold out of the Navy in 1887.
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 452
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