September 2022

Merchant Ships Figureheads

Welcome to The Arts Society Gravesend
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 18:30
The Masonic Hall
25 Wrotham Road Gravesend DA11 0PA
Online Event

This lecture focuses on the figure heads of Merchant ships.

We explore why were they created and what and who did they represent?

In the 19th century sailing ships with their colourful figureheads were a regular sight but now just a few figureheads survive.


Dr Helen Doe

Helen is a Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at the University of Exeter, where she gained her PhD. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the ss Great Britain. She has published extensively on 19th century sail, women in the maritime world, and in 2015, in a departure from her usual maritime theme, published a well received biography of a WW2 fighter ace. She is currently working on a series of books on Isambard Brunel's shipping ventures. Her lecturing experience is wide and she is a speaker onboard all three Cunard ships. She has appeared on radio and television, and is a regular maritime expert for programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? She is based in Cornwall.