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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 42

    A pair of late 18th century British ship carvings

    Price Realised  

    A pair of late 18th century British ship carvings
    of female heads, delicately carved with their hair pulled up, believed to have been taken from the gangway pillars of H.M.S. Defiance when she was broken up at Chatham. On later stands.
    6 x 3½ in. (15.2 x 8.9 cm.) backplate. (2)


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    H.M.S. Defiance was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built by Randall and Co., and launched on 10 December 1783. Her crew mutinied three times, in 1795, 1797, and 1798. She fought at the Battle of Copenhagen on April 2, 1801, the Battle of Cape Finisterre on July 22, 1805, and the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805 where she captured the Spanish San Juan Nepomuceno and sustained casualties of 17 killed, 53 wounded. After serving as a prison ship at Chatham for four years, she was broken up in 1817.