Figurehead of the HMS Glasgow
- Figurehead type
- Figurehead of the HMS Glasgow
- Vessel name
- HMS Glasgow
- Type (Naval/Merchant)
- Copyright owner
- © National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Copyright notes
- Photo: © National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Current location
- National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth
- Location date
- A full-length male figure in traditional Scottish dress of red, white and green. The kilted soldier is supposedly a representation of the city of Glasgow. He stands, about to draw his sword with his right arm as if in battle.
- Date made
- Place made
- Object history
- The figurehead was presumably removed from the ship when it was broken up in 1829. It became part of the Chatham Collection and was recorded there in 1911 and 1938. In 1949 the object was transferred to Suffolk as part of the HMS 'Ganges' training establishment, and remained there until 1976. The figurehead was then placed outside the Royal Naval Hospital for several years until finally being brought to its current location at the NMRN in 1983.
- Vessel history
- The ship was built by Wigram & Green of Blackwell in their private yard in 1814. The ship is classified as a ‘fir built’ frigate, a warship built of pitch pine. She took part in the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816 and the battle of Navarino in 1827. HMS 'Glasgow' was broken up in 1829 at Chatham Dockyard.
- David Pulvertaft ‘The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth’ (Stroud, 2009) p.38
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 200
- Owner type
- Public Institution
- Owner name
- National Museum of the Royal Navy
- Contact details
- National Museum of the Royal Navy, HM Naval Base (PP66), Portsmouth PO1 3NH
- Ownership can be cited online
- Accessible to public
- Data verified by owner
- Date verified
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