King Neptune once the figure head of H.M.S.. Irresistible man of war built in Chatham
dockyard but stationed in the Bermuda dockyard from 1868-94. The original wooden
figurehead was placed in the parade ground below the Commissioners house, now H.M.S.
Malabar, when Irresistible was broken up. The wooden carving by 1995 had become
a much loved relic but was in a very poor state. I was asked to replace it with
a stone copy that would stand the weather for a considerable time.
The original was shipped in pieces to our workshop in Bristol and a team of apprentice
carvers ( Manjit Phal. Adam Dabel. Iain Cotton. and Ian McAvoy.) under my direction
made the copy using Canovas’ pointing system (BELOW) The figure is made from nine
tons of Indiana limestone and is in three sections.
We were very pleased to work for DR Edward Harris Director of the Bermuda Maritime
Museum on this project.