HMS Arethusa 1849

HMS Arethusa 1849

HMS Arethusa (originally posted February 2012) It was February 1st, a freezing cold day as I arrived at Maritima on a catch-up visit to see ships carver Andy Peters. Waterperry is quiet at this time of year and peering through the half-glazed door the workshop seemed empty, the lights on and not a soul in […]

Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson

On a recent visit to the Maritima workshop I found Andy busy working on a bust of Lord Nelson that had recently been commissioned for a private collector. He was carving it in the traditional manner as if it were to go on a ship, with perhaps a nod to the unused Dickerson design of 1859.   […]

Fortuna – Roman Goddess

Fortuna – Roman Goddess

A new carving from the workshop of Andy Peters A personal piece that Andy has altered to represent the Roman goddess ‘Fortuna’ . The figure is ‘loosely’ based on a Dutch stern carving from the 1600’s The Roman Goddess Fortuna Goddess of fortune known to the Greeks as ‘Tyche’ daughter of the Titan, Oceanus and his consort Tethys. From her hand came riches […]

HMS Chesapeake 1855

HMS Chesapeake 1855

“And at the bows an image stood by a cunning artist carved in wood” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Like a guardian angel, the figurehead was for centuries the chaperone that guided and protected the ship on her way over the deep oceans to distant lands. Once a dying art,  Andy Peters is one such man […]

SAMARITAN

SAMARITAN

The Remaking of the Figurehead from the Brig Samaritan (1846) The figurehead is believed to have come from the brig Samaritan, built in Great Yarmouth at the South Street yard of William Teasdell in 1840. She is listed in the Lloyds register as owned by Mr. Thomas Merchant, trading between Liverpool and Trieste.   Samaritan made […]