Figurehead of the HMS Seagull

Basic Information

FigID
F0001
InstID
FHD0060
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Seagull
Vessel name
HMS Seagull
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
09/11/2012

Physical Information

Description
A seabird perched on a scroll in a crouched position with wings partly spread. Painted: multi-coloured.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H50.8 x W9.91 x D5.84 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
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.")
Vessel history
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.
Bibliography
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 452

Ownership Information

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

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