See the world's largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads

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Cutty Sark, Lower Ground: The Dock, Figureheads viewing platform
Free to members

Heroic, saucy and sometimes downright baffling – Cutty Sark's collection of Merchant Navy ships' figureheads is not to be missed.

Included with entry ticket to Cutty Sark.

  • Discover the largest collection of Merchant Navy ship figureheads in the world
  • See if some of the good luck and protection they were thought to bring to ships rubs off on you 

Spot the figurehead versions of important characters from literature, history and politics, including:

  •  Florence Nightingale 
  • Elizabeth Fry
  • Benjamin Disraeli
  • Sir Lancelot  

In many cases, these figureheads are all that remain of the ships they once adorned. The vessels have been lost, wrecked or broken up so we can only guess who these figureheads might represent - will you have your own theories?

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