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Ship Decoration 1630-1780
A detailed comparative study of the decorative work, figurehead, topside ornamentation and stern gallery design carried by the ships of the major maritime states of Europe in the zenith of the sailing era
A bust of Lord Nelson, carved 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
The figure is ‘loosely’ based on a Dutch stern carving from the 1600’s
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.
In Rochefort on the banks of the Charente an extraordinary project is nearing completion, the reconstruction of Major General La Fayette’s frigate L’Hermione
HMS Arethusa 1849
The renovation of the figurehead from HMS Arethusa, a 50 gun frigate launched at Pembroke dockyard on the 20th June 1849. The fourth ship to the carry the name, the first, originally named ‘Arethuse’ was captured from the French almost a century before.
HMS Chesapeake (1855) Figurehead
HMS Chesapeake was employed as the flagship to the fleet guarding the East Indies and China seas, she survived until 1867 when she was broken up at Charlton. The figurehead is reputed to be an image of Pocahontas.