HMS Warrior's figurehead goes north for restoration in 1985

HMS Warrior’s two-and-a-half ton figurehead left Portsmouth to be fitted to the giant Victorian ironclad which would be a feature of the Portsmouth Naval Base maritime heritage complex.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 12:00 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 11:08 am
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The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, John Marshall, wields his sword normally held in the first of HMS Warrior’s figurehead.
jpns 080220 retro Figurehead SECOND LEAD The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, John Marshall, wields his sword normally held in the first of HMS Warrior’s figurehead.

The stern-faced Roman warrior, minus its sword, looked quite undignified as it was lifted by crane on to a low-loader for the journey to Hartlepool, where Warrior was being restored at a cost of £5m.

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Watched by the lord mayor, John Marshall, and by Maldwin Drummond, chairman of the Ships’ Preservation Trust, the Roman warrior set off on the long road to the north-east.

Work on the restoration had been in progress for four-and-a-half years.

Mr Drummond said: ‘The restoration on Warrior is coming along marvellously.’