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From the wreck of the Gribshunden, Denmark 1495. A "griffin-hound" swallowing a screaming man. "Dragon head" figureheads were a common feature on large ships of this time. http://moocs.southampton.ac.uk/shipwrecks/2016/02/09/the-loss-of-the-gribshunden-1495-and-preliminary-archaeological-investigations/


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Does anyone know definitively what the figurehead of Britannia 1840 looked like. F.H.Lane shows a shield in her left hand (port) (low) in 1842. Other models show no Shield in her left hand and the figurehead to be guilded rather than painted as is the replica figurehead on the QE2. The figurehead on QE2 shows her with shield on the starboard (right lower) and spear in her left (opposite hand). the other way around to that seen in Lane's painting.

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