CUTTY SARK FIGUREHEAD
Andy Peters of Maritima, has recently been awarded the contract to make a new figurehead for the Cutty Sark. This is to be based on Hercules Linton’s original drawing.
The figurehead currently on the ship was carved during the 1954-7 restoration, by Arthur Levison. Arthur’s father was an accomplished figurehead carver working from Swansea and then Gloucester in the late 1800’s. Arthur assisted his father in carving figures, the last of which was for Loch Trool in 1908
The current figure, was based on what remained of a previous figure. Which due to damage through storm or collision, no longer had its original head or arm.
The figurehead now over 60 years old, is showing signs of rot. The opportunity has therefore arisen to replace it with the form originally intended by the ship’s designer, Hercules Linton.
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