Grassendale was built in 1885 by Williams and sons of Workington Cumbria. She was sold in 1906 to Finnish owners based at Rauma and remained in Baltic ownership until 1920 when she hit a mine and was lost at sea.

The maritime museum at Rauma wished to commemorate her working life in Finland and I was commissioned to carve a replica of the figurehead based on surviving photographic evidence and figureheads from similar ships of the period.

Figurehead Grassendale