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Bow decoration from the yacht GALATEA

Date: 1860s
Overall: 380 x 120 x 130 mm, 1100 g
Medium: Wood, paint, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Trustees of the Sydney Training Depot
Object Name: Sculpture
Object No: 00047424

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    SignificanceThe bow decoration is a rare emblem of this period of yachting history in Sydney, and a reminder of the commemoration of Alfred's visit, and the great public anguish and outcry over his shooting.
    HistoryThe yacht GALATEA was owned by Staunton Spain, an eminent solicitor and one of the founders of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. According to his son Stanley Spain, the yacht was originally named TARRAGON, built in Balmain by George Reynolds.

    It was renamed by Spain in honour of HMS GALATEA which brought the first British Royal visitor - one of Queen Victoria's sons Prince Alfred - to Australia in 1868. The Prince's visit was well rememberd by Australians, as he was shot twice in an assassination attempt, but survived.

    Spain won the Balmain regatta in his yacht in 1869 and presented a 'Galatea Cup' to the Royal Sydney Anniversary Regatta. The yacht was sunk in 1872 when the ferry PACIFIC ran into it at its mooring off Neutral Bay, near the Spain house.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Decorative bow carving from the yacht GALATEA

    Collection title: Len E Forsythe Snapper Island Collection

    Web title: Bow decoration from the yacht GALATEA

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