Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2002 9:02 am
Location: Cambridgeshire, England
The Times, September 4th, 1805:
" ........... The ship at the top of the steeple of Portsmouth Church has been taken down and repaired. There having been various reports of her dimensions, we give the following as an accurate statement: From the stem to the taffrail 3 feet 5½ inches, the width of the deck 10½ inches; and the depth of her hull 14½ inches. She is entirely of copper, and has been new gilt. On the fane of her foremast is the date of her being first placed on the steeple 1710; the figures being pierced through the fane. The names S Hawkins and J Norris, Churchwardens, with the date, August 17th, 1805, are now stamped on the vessel; and also the names G Belfour, who now gilded the ship, and J Hill, who repaired the copper-work. The fane of the foremost*, and the whole body of the ship, traverse with the wind. ...... "
I gather the word "fane" was formerly used before the use of "Vane".
I've had a look online, without success, for photographs of the vane. Is it still there, does anyone know?
Out of interest, there used to be a ship on the weather vane at our Working Men's Institute here in Wisbech - appropriate as Wisbech still has a sea port. I shall have to check next time I am in town to see if it is still there.
Does anyone know of other nautically-themed weather vanes?
- Mil -
aka Mary ....