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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2014, 17:05:44 »


”Salamis”

Wood paddle despatch vessel of 835 tons and 250 H.P.
Launched at Chatham on May 19th 1863.
Broken up at Sheerness Oct 1883.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.   





”Scout”

Half length female figure 5’-10”.
Screw Corvette.  17 guns.
Launched 1856.  Broken up 1877.

Remarks:   Good condition. 
Very fair condition 9/49
Poor condition 2/50





”Tourmaline”

Full length female figure 8’-4”
Composite corvette, 12 guns, 64 CWT.
Launched 1875.  Built by Messrs. Dixon & Co. Middlesbrough.
Converted to coal hulk 1900.

Remarks:   Good condition.





”Unite”

Half length female figure 4’-11”.
Fifth rate gun frigate.  24 guns.  Converted from a 38 gun frigate captured from the French on the 13th April 1796.  The ship was then seven years old.
Broken up 1857.

Remarks:   Good condition.





”Valentine Joyce”

Male head.  Believed to represent Valentine Joyce Quartermasters mate.  Delegate of the Royal George during the mutiny at the Nore 1797.  Continued to serve as Quartermasters mate after the mutiny.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1947.
Bad condition 9/49
Bad condition 9/50

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2014, 16:28:10 »


”Nymphe”

Sloop 8 guns.  Displacement of 1140 tons.
H.P. 1400.  Launched at Portsmouth 1st May 1888.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.   





”Octavia”

Half length female figure 6’-6”.
50 guns.  Sailing frigate, wood, converted to a screw frigate of 35 guns in 1861.
Saw service in an Abyssinian expedition 1868.
Broad pennant of Commodore L.G. Heath.  R.N.
Launched 1849.  Broken up 1875.

Remarks:   Good condition. 





”Rattlesnake”

Half length figure of Negro, 4’-5”.
Sixth rate, 26 guns.  Launched 1822.
Was employed surveying under Captain Owen Stanley 1847-1850 and as an Arctic Relief Ship 1853-56.  Broken up 1859-60.

Remarks:   Good condition.





”Redoubtable”

Half length male figure 6’-10”
Third rate gun ship, 74 guns.
Launched 1815.  Probably named after the French vessel “Redoubtable” which was taken at Trafalgar and sank the following day.
Broken up 1841.

Remarks:   Rotted beyond repair.
Very bad 9/50





”Rinaldo”

A 17 gun screw sloop launched at Woolwich in 1860.
Displacement 1365 tons.
Proceeded on a punitive expedition to Chinkian and Yan chow in 1686.  Bombarded and captured Selanger in 1871 and in 1874 operated against pirates there.
Sold 1884.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2014, 17:47:47 »
Yes I had look through trying to place them too.  You probably had a better result than I did!

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« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2014, 17:46:17 »
Well done on finding these photos Kyn.  :) I find it fascinating trying to identify the location of each one from the backgrounds. Some are easy, but others!

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2014, 13:51:15 »


”Fisgard”

Male bust 5’-8”.
Fifth rate frigate, wood.
Launched 1819.  Armament, two 8” and forty pdrs.
Broken up 1879.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.   





”Fortitude”

Female bust 6’-4”.
Third rate gun ship, 74 guns.
Launched 1807.  Used as a convict hulk on Medway 1843.
Later, in sept 1844, converted into a coal hulk for service at Sheerness.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1948.
Bad condition 9/49.  9/50
Beyond economical repair 1952. 





”Isis”

Half length female figure 6’-5”.
Fifth rate frigate, wood, 44 guns.  Launched 1819.
Converted to coal hulk for service at Sierra Leone 1861.
Was in Anglo-French Squadron off Grabusa 31st Jan 1828.
Broad pennant of Commodore Sir Thomas Staines K.C.B.R.N.
Sank 14 Greek Vessels and 2 prizes.
Sold out of service 1866.

Remarks:   Good condition.





”Marine Richards”

Male head.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1947.
Bad 9/50





”Vice Admiral Viscount Nelson”

This figurehead was taken from the “Vanguard”, a second rate vessel of 2609 tons and 80 guns.
Built at Pembroke 1835.  Her 40 years service appear to have been somewhat uneventful.  In 1840 she served on the coast of Syria in operations against Mehemet Ali, carried out by a combined British, Austrian and Turkish force under Admiral the Hon. Sir Robert Stopford.  G.C.B., G.C.M.G., R.N.
(Mehemet Ali was Vicreoy of Egypt and was in rebellion against his overlord the Sultan Nahmoud of Turkey)
1867, name changed to “Ajax”.
1875 broken up.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1948.

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2014, 16:40:16 »


”Briton”

Half length female figure 4’-2”

Remarks:   Good condition





”Challenger”

8 gun screw corvette, launched at Woolwich.  2306 tons, 1260 H.P. and speed of 8 knots, was the fifth ship to bear this name in the service.
In 1860 she acted against Mexico and occupied Vera Cruz.  1868 proceeded to Fiji Islands on a punitive expedition to avenge the murder of a missionary.
1872 was commissioned by Captain George Strong Nares, and was despatched on a scientific expedition round the world.  For many years this vessel lay at Chatham, being used for harbour service and was finally broken up there.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.





”Admiral Lord Duncan”

Launched at Portsmouth 1859.  Was of 5724 tons and 31 guns, 2826 H.P. and a speed of 13 knots.
Served as a coastguard ship at Queens Ferry and as a flagship at Sheerness until, in  1889 her name was changed to Pembroke, and she became a receiving ship at Chatham.  In Sept 1805, the Pembroke became known as “Tenedos II”, and in Oct 1910 was sold at Devonport for £7525.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1948.





”Eclipse”

The fifth vessel of this name was a 4 gun screw vessel.
Launched at Millwall 1860.  She was of 700 tons and 200 H.P.
Length 185 ft. Beam 28 ft.  Draught 8 ft.
In 1863 she took part in the second New Zealand War.
Broken up 1867.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.





”Erebus”

Male figure 3’-10”
Single screw armour plated floating battery.
Specially built for service during Russian War.
Launched 1856.
Heaviest fun was a 68 pdr.

Remarks:   Good condition.

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2014, 10:47:31 »


”Royal Adelaide”

Full length  female figure.
A second rate of 2446 tons.  104 guns.
Built on the lines (enlarged) of the Victory, and was launched at Plymouth 1829.
1829-35 in ordinary at Plymouth.
1835-39 flag ship at Plymouth.
1839-59 in ordinary at Devonport.
1859-90 flagship at Devonport.
1890-1904 receiving hulk at Devonport.  1905 sold at Chatham.

Remarks:   Bad condition.  This figurehead is a mere shell.  The interior being filled with concrete.  Renovated 1948.

Removed & broke up SCE’s 041400/July 1949.






”Admiral Lord Anson ”

This figurehead was removed from “Anson”
Later her name was changed to “Algiers”
Screw line of battleship.  Launched at Woolwich 1860.
Sold 1904.

Remarks:   Fair condition.  Renovated 1948.





”Basilisk”

Female bust 6’-7”.
Paddle sloop, 6 guns.
Launched 1848.  Was in the Baltic during the Russian Wars 1854-6.  Docked preparatory to being broken up.

Remarks:   Good condition.





”Britannia”

This figurehead was taken from the 91 gun screw ship “Bulwark”, the third ship to bear the name in the service.
Begun at Chatham in 1859, the “Bulwark” was to have been a vessel of 3716 tons.  She was, however, never completed, but was eventually broken up and her materials used elsewhere.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.


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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2014, 22:23:01 »
Thank you :)

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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2014, 18:13:34 »
Key
Figureheads at R.N. Barracks – R.N.B.
St Marys – St.M.
Collingwood – C.
R.N. Hospital – R.N.H.
R.N. Armament Depot, Upnor – A.D.

Name   Location   Current Location
Adelaide     R.N.B.   'Lost' during WW2 - Cause unknown
Anson     R.N.B.   ?
Basilisk     A.D.        Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Britannia     R.N.B.   Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth
Briton     A.D.   ?
Challenger R.N.B.   National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Duncan   R.N.B.   HMS Caledonia Rosyth
Eclipse   R.N.B.   RNZN Museum
Erebus   A.D.           HMS Sultan Gosport
Fisgard   C.           HMS Raleigh Torpoint
Fortitude   St. M.   Possibly burnt in 2 Slip fire
Isis   R.N.H.           HMS Unicorn Dundee
Marine Richards   R.N.B.   ?
Nelson   R.N.B.   Burnt in 2 Slip fire
Nymph   St. M.   St Georges Centre
Octavia   R.N.H.   RNAS Yeovilton
Rattlesnake   A.D.   Defence Evaluation & Research Agency Farnborough
Redoubtable St. M.   Possibly burnt in 2 Slip fire
Rinaldo   R.N.B.   Plymouth Naval Base Museum
Salamis   R.N.B.   Historic Dockyard Chatham
Scout   R.N.H.   ?
Tourmaline A.D.   ?
Unite’   A.D.           ?
Valentine Joyce R.N.B. ?

From the previous list the 'unidentified' male head is almost certainly Neptune now in the Nat Maritime Mus. The figurehead 'thought' to be Mariner probably is and is now in the Historic Dockyard Chatham collection.

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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2014, 10:13:34 »
Part II

Key
Figureheads at R.N. Barracks – R.N.B.
St Marys – St.M.
Collingwood – C.
R.N. Hospital – R.N.H.
R.N. Armament Depot, Upnor – A.D.

NameLocationSheet
AdelaideR.N.B.1.
AnsonR.N.B.2.
BasiliskA.D.3.
BritanniaR.N.B.4.
BritonA.D.5.
ChallengerR.N.B.6.
DuncanR.N.B.7.
EclipseR.N.B.8.
ErebusA.D.9.
FisgardC.10.
FortitudeSt. M.11.
IsisR.N.H.12.
Marine RichardsR.N.B.13.
NelsonR.N.B.14.
NymphSt. M.15.
OctaviaR.N.H.16.
RattlesnakeA.D.17.
RedoubtableSt. M.18.
RinaldoR.N.B.19.
SalamisR.N.B.20.
ScoutR.N.H.21.
TourmalineA.D.22.
Unite’A.D.23.
Valentine JoyceR.N.B.24.


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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2014, 18:04:26 »


”Virago”

Female figure 3’-10”

Remarks:   Good.  Renovated 1948.





”Wanderer”

Half length female figure 4’-7”

Remarks:   Good.  Renovated 1948.





”Wellesley”

Half length male figure.
3rd rate.  74 guns.  1764 tons.
Built for R.N. at Bombay.  Launched 1815.  Named after Marquis of Wellesley, Governor General of India 1798 – 1805.
Flagship throughout 1st China War 1839 – 42.  In 1868 she was loaned by Admiralty to School Ship Training Society, taking the place and name of training ship “Cornwell” at Purfleet.
She was taken over by Admiralty 23rd Sept 1840, and was sunk by a bomb the following day.

Remarks:   Good condition.  Renovated 1948.
Fair condition 9/49.
Good 9/50





Unidentified

Male head.

Remarks:   Fair.  Shake down face.  Nose broken.
Bad 9/50.





Believed to be ”Mariner”

Brig launched 1846.
Sold at Chatham 1865.

Remarks:   Good.  Renovated 1948.





Unidentified

Head of animal.

Remarks:   Good.


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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 18:25:57 »


”Serpent”

Coils of a serpent.
Sloop.  Wood. 12 guns.
Was probably commanded by Admiral Lloyd during the Burmese Wars.  Transferred to coastguard service as watch vessel.

Remarks:   Good.

Fair 9/50





”Star”

Female bust.  2’-6”

Remarks:   Fair





”Star”

Half length female figure 3’-6”
Sloop. Wood, 8 guns.  Launched 1833.
Sent to Gravesend, and transferred to coastguard service as a watch vessel 1858.

Remarks:   God condition.  Renovated 1948.





”Supply”

Half length female figure 4’-3”
Store ship, iron.  Launched 1854.  Broken up 1878.

Remarks:   Good.  Renovated 1948.





”Terpsichore”

Half length female figure.  4’-7”.
Corvette, wood, tonnage 603 (B.M.).  Launched 1847.
Armament, eighteen 32 pdrs. on main deck.
Broken up at Woolwich 1865

Remarks:   Renovated 1948.





”Vestal”

Carved urns.  2 in no.

Remarks:   Good.



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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2014, 20:03:36 »
You are welcome, lots yet to post!

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Re: Chatham and Sheerness Figureheads
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2014, 16:25:31 »
Really interesting thread, thank you.

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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2014, 14:11:28 »
I do :)

 

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