Figurehead of the Mary Hay

Basic Information

FigID
F0094
InstID
FHD0040
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Mary Hay
Vessel name
Mary Hay
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
©National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Elegant white and gilded half-length female figurehead, apparently in an evening gown with a high waistband and shawl,the hair dressed high, supported on a black and gilded scroll.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H167.6 x W62 x D56 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
Vessel history
'Mary Hay' was a barque of 258 tons, built at Peterhead in 1837 and owned by Volum & Co. She was approaching Broad Sound, Scilly, in April 1852, inward bound from Jamaica with a mixed cargo including rum and sugar, and with a local pilot on board. Just after he went below to take a meal, rather than eating on deck, she hit Steeple Rock and began to make water. She anchored near Samson, pumping continuously but to no avail since several hours later she turned over with a sudden lurch. All hands were saved.
Bibliography
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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