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Chris Howat
17-05-2008, 19:26
Can anyone help me identify the ship whose letterhead crest is attached?
The crest will be from the 1860 to 1880 period.

astraltrader
17-05-2008, 21:01
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...

SOLENT
17-05-2008, 21:54
Chris

Albacore Class Gunboat (wooden)

Spider launched 1856 and Sold to Castle 12th May 1870.

(Send a Gunboat by A.Preston & J.Major)

Regards John

astraltrader
18-05-2008, 00:37
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]...

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/r_n_gunboats.htm

As to which one of these is the right one for your crest is a different matter!

SOLENT
18-05-2008, 11:27
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.

Regards John

astraltrader
18-05-2008, 13:37
Fair enough John we will have to wait to hear from Chris as to how rigid his date span is!

John Brown
18-05-2008, 16:27
Guys

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?


Regards....John

astraltrader
18-05-2008, 16:55
How many legs does a Tarantula or a Mantis have John??

John Brown
18-05-2008, 17:26
Terry

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:).


Regards...John

astraltrader
18-05-2008, 17:32
OK - lets try a different route - any thoughts on what the crest might be of??

John Brown
18-05-2008, 21:38
No, Sorry Terry.

A longshot.....perhaps there was a 'Decapod Class' ?


Regards....John

Chris Howat
04-06-2008, 12:41
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
Chris

historydavid
04-06-2008, 21:09
The figure on the crest is a spider, 8 legs and 2 arms.

Chris Howat
10-06-2008, 12:56
HMS Spider it is then! Thank you all for your contributions
Chris

astraltrader
10-06-2008, 15:31
I reckon this was all JB`s fault!:rolleyes: [He hasn`t a leg to stand on over this!!:rolleyes::rolleyes:.]...

John Brown
10-06-2008, 16:23
I'm still not convinced:confused:

But then it was only an 'armless observation:p


Regards...John

astraltrader
10-06-2008, 19:17
More like a second-hand observation...:D

Chris Howat
17-06-2008, 10:09
I suppose you are all now going to get legless over this debate!