Old & Modern

A Restored ships figure head & Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Image taken on a misty day at Gunwharf Quays

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is 170 metres high and boasts a 360 degree  open roof observation deck which gives a viewing distance of 23 miles of Hampshire countryside around Portsmouth and across the sea to the Isle of Wight. Construction started in 2001 and was completed in 2005.

A ships figure head is found at the bow of a ship. They were predominant between the 16th and 20th centuries. Figure heads are a representation of the spirit of the ship, normally of people, beasts or mythological figures.

The earliest use was the Phoenicians in the 13th century. The British galleons used them from the 15th to 18th century. The Viking ships used toothy and bug-eyed figure heads to protect the vessel from evil spirits. Ship builders stopped fitting figure heads when ship construction went to steel.