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While poking around on the Royal Navy's online news, I came across the sub-section of Figureheads which I thought would be interesting and to which we could add.


I realise that mention of them was given in this other post of Susan's.

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Susan, please feel free to move this new thread.

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Description of the figurehead of the Caledonia from Vol. VI of The British Trident by Archibald Duncan:

"Her head is a bust of a female figure, emblematic of her name, with the plaid, bonnet, and thistle, 'of the Saxon green;' and bagpipes, the favourite musical instrument of Caledonia, on each side, carved by Mr. Dickerson, in a manner that does great credit to his taste and judgment."

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Found this bit in the 9 Sept 1796 issue of The Times:

"All superfluous ornaments to the heads and sterns of King's ships are, we understand, in future to be discontinued. Instead of a figure at the head, a scroll is to be substituted, and the sterns are to be as plain as possible."

Was there a formal order to this effect? If so, how strictly was it followed?

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From a section about the Battle of Camperdown in the United Service Magazine (Jan 1844), a humorous footnote associated with the list of casualties on Triumph, 74:

"Perhaps the Triumph's head, (a full length figure of a man), which lost a leg and arm in the action, ought also to be enumerated amongst the wounded."

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with figurehead historian Richard Hunter. He is currently working on his website, which I am sure will become a great resource for anyone looking for information.

The Figurehead Archives

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From the Nautical Magazine (June 1832):

"The Vernon is a noble specimen of architecture, built on the principle of Capt. Symons, and under his immediate inspection; her figure-head is a full-length representation of Admiral Vernon, with the motto, "Vernon semper viret," on her stern."

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From a short piece about the launch of the frigate Lively in The Naval Chronicle (1804, Volume XII):

"Her head is ornamented by a beautiful female figure, playing a tambourine, finely carved, and placed on the out-water, so as to accord with her rate."

What is the "out-water"? Is it a typo? Should it be cutwater?

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I am sure it must be cutwater. This would be where you would put a figurehead... and I've never heard of an "outwater". (You could call the bilge pump outlet that, & make a few people scratch their heads...)

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There is mention of a replica figurehead for HMS Warrior in this article from the online Hartlepool Mail. The sale was held aboard HMS Trincomalee.

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