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Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
 

HMS Vernon Figurehead

 
 
HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
1. HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker
Inscription.
HMS Vernon Figurehead
This figurehead originates from the fourth HMS Vernon, a 50-gun frigate that saw active service in home waters, the Americas and the East Indies between 1832 and 1848. She was then laid up in Chatham Dockyard until emerging in 1867 for use as a floating jetty. In 1872 she was given a new lease of life as a hulk anchored in Fountain Lake, Portsmouth, where she was a tender to HMS Excellent for torpedo training.

On 26 April 1876 the hulk of Vernon together with those of the former 26-gun steam frigate Ariadne (providing accommodation) and the lighter Florence Nightingale were commissioned as HMS Vernon to become the home of the Royal Navy's Torpedo Branch at Portsmouth, independent of HMS Excellent.

On 1 October 1923, HMS Vernon was established ashore at Portsmouth on the site that is now Gunwharf Quays.

Gunwharf Quays
 
Location. 50° 47.693′ N, 1° 6.392′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of England Route B2154 and Park Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Gunwharf Quays mall. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3TR, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
2. HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker
of this marker. HMS Sirius (here, next to this marker); GPO K6 Telephone Box (a few steps from this marker); The Old Customs House (a few steps from this marker); British MMK1 Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark VIII Torpedo (within shouting distance of this marker); Noon Day Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 12 Inch Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); HM Gunwharf, Portsmouth (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Gunwharf Keys. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Gunwharf Quays on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
3. HMS Vernon Figurehead Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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