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Can anyone help me identify the ship whose letterhead crest is attached?
The crest will be from the 1860 to 1880 period.
Chris - what makes you think that this crest comes from the period 1860-1880? The reason why I ask this is that as far as I am aware there was no RN gunboat built during that period with a name that would warrant a crest like that. HMS Tarantula and HMS Mantis would be more likely IMO...
Albacore Class Gunboat (wooden)
Spider launched 1856 and Sold to Castle 12th May 1870.
(Send a Gunboat by A.Preston & J.Major)
John - Well done I have never heard of that wooden gunboat before.
Nevertheless after checking the Battleship and Cruiser Gunboat lists there is another HMS Spider which could also be the gunboat involved. It was launched in 1887. I enclose a link to the list where there is also a couple of photo`s of her. [scroll down towards the bottom of the page]...
As to which one of these is the right one for your crest is a different matter!
Terry, i did find the second spider but thought it may have been outside the time period, nice to have a photo though.
SPIDER Grasshopper class torpedo gunboat. Built devonport DYd, Laid down 9.6.1886, Launched 17.10.1887, Completed Dec 1888, Sold 1903.
Conways Fighting Ships 1860-1905.
Fair enough John we will have to wait to hear from Chris as to how rigid his date span is!
Just an observation which may have no relevance at all but....the ceature in the crest has 10 legs. Do spiders not have only 8?
How many legs does a Tarantula or a Mantis have John??
A tarantula, being a spider, would have eight.
A Mantis, I suspect, is an insect and so would have 6?
However, I'm no David Bellamy:).
OK - lets try a different route - any thoughts on what the crest might be of??
No, Sorry Terry.
A longshot.....perhaps there was a 'Decapod Class' ?
I seem to have started a hare! I shall follow the discussion with interest but I do not have an answer to this question.
Just back from 14 days leave in Cornwall which explains my "silence".
I bought an album of ships crests/letter heads years ago and the flyleaf is inscribed 1865. Therefore, the crests were either collected just before that year or sometime after, probably the latter.
Included is the crest for HMS Meeanee which dates things a little as there was only one ship of this name
The figure on the crest is a spider, 8 legs and 2 arms.
HMS Spider it is then! Thank you all for your contributions
I reckon this was all JB`s fault!:rolleyes: [He hasn`t a leg to stand on over this!!:rolleyes::rolleyes:.]...
I'm still not convinced:confused:
But then it was only an 'armless observation:p
More like a second-hand observation...:D
I suppose you are all now going to get legless over this debate!
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