Author Results for David Pulvertaft

The Colour Schemes of British Warship Figureheads 1727–1900

By David Pulvertaft

Between the mid-eighteenth century and 1900 almost all the figureheads on British warships were carved in the likeness of an individual man, woman, beast or bird, each of which was intended to represented the name of the ship. Of those that have survived, the vast majority are painted in full colour, suggesting that this was […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Note: The Figurehead/Badge of the Mary Rose 1510–45

By David Pulvertaft

The history of the Mary Rose and its figurehead, with detailed explanations of its design and purpose. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

The Figurehead of H.M.S. Beagle

By David Pulvertaft

Note on the figurehead in the shape of a small dog, carved in 1819. Its omission in recent literature on the ship is discussed and whether it was actually carved and survived beyond 1841. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Warship Figureheads from the Royal Dockyards: towards a National Collection?

By David Pulvertaft

This article re-examined accounts by Douglas Owen of the figurehead collections in the royal dockyards of Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Devonport in 1913 and 1914. Pulvertaft analyses and evaluates the objectives of Douglas Owen by focusing on the principal external influences on Owen’s findings (namely the opening of the National Maritime Museum in 1937 and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Models & Figureheads