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The Anson Ward with the figure-head of the old ship Centurion.

The Anson Ward with the figure-head of the old ship Centurion.
The Anson Ward with the figure-head of the old ship Centurion.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1629
Description: The figurehead from the 60-gun 'Centurion' (1732) was presented to the Hospital in 1836. This was the ship on which Commodore Anson circumnavigated the globe between 1740-43. The figurehead was a lion over five metres high. It remained in the Anson Ward until 1871, when it was moved into the courtyard of the Royal Hospital School. Once outside, it soon succumbed to the elements, although one of its hind legs survives. This is now at Anson's former home Shugborough in Staffordshire.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 22 April 1865
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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