Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Elena

Figureheads

3 posts in this topic

The wooden figureheads on the tall ships... how were they mounted/ taken out? Was it anything to screw them in, or what?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well here's the easy way:

img_7046.jpeg

Seriously though, I've seen at least one that was tied on in place by using some stout lines behind it, much like a buckle. It was looped around the holes in the backside of the figurehead (allowing them to pass through), then secured around the stem of the boat (or some other hardpoint-it's been a little while). When in place, these ropes were hidden by the figurehead itself. There were also a number of smaller figureheads that would be carved in to a billet head that would then be secured to the vessel. Below are a couple of pictures of the Charles W. Morgan's new billet head being installed (c. 1840's vessel iirc). It looks like nails or screws holding it on.

BilletHead.jpg

Billet-Head-2-315x210.jpg

It's extremely hard to find pictures of the reverse sides of figureheads, as everyone seems to want to see this instead:

figurespainted.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you very much! I fully agree with you, and this is exactly why I asked in the "Shipyard", for somebody who had seen it.

Because my characters are going to steal, among other things, a ship's figurehead as well... (The story is longer - the privateers were cheated by the authorities and given half the sum deserved for bringing a Spanish prize ship. So the captain plotted a revenge... which includes a small volunteers team sinking the ship in the harbour after emptying it of anything valuable. Figurehead included). And yes, no one would suspect the privateers, who set sail one day before... ;)

So Santa Maria de Guadalupe will be caught with lines on the frigate ;).

Edited by Elena

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0