HMS WARRIOR - FIGUREHEAD
A ship often has an elaborate figure, usually carved from wood - and typically a maiden - attached to the bows or prow of the vessel to bring good luck to the crew on their voyages, act as an inspiration to the men on board and send a message to potential enemies of their resolve.
In the case of a powerful warship such as the Warrior, a maiden would not do. It had to be a classical soldier armed to the teeth, to send the message that this was a ship sailing the oceans to fight. The figurehead on the Warrior is massive; a superbly imposing mythological fighting man brandishing a sword, shield and trailing assortment of weapons, also resplendent with helmet adorned with feathers. Altogether, the sculpture conveys the message that England was trying to send to the world.
The carving is finished in white with gold detailing to add to the godlike statuesque qualities, which envelops almost completely the bows.
A stunning figurehead for the Solar Navigator has been designed to reflect both the traditional and modern aspects of our stated aims - now including artificially intelligent autonomous navigation, to complement the other robotic functions, such as energy harvesting. Our artist accepts both private and corporate art commissions and may be contacted via this website by simply emailing our webmaster.
Norman Gaches creating a masterpiece in his Isle of Wight workshop, from the laminated blocks of timber on the left, to the fine detailing on the right.
Class: Warrior Class Sail & Steam
The Solar Navigator - SWASSH (Small Waterplane Area Stabilized Single Hull) test model 2012
The latest Solarnavigator is a robot ship designed to be capable of an autonomous world navigation set for an attempt in 2015 if all goes according to schedule. The platform is also ideal for persistent monitoring 365 days year 24/7 - with data streamed back to your command HQ via satellite.
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