Superb Drop Front Escritoire Made From HMS Foudroyant’s Oak
Carved on the front of this fine escritoire is Foudroyant
The copper badge reads that the oak and copper were salvaged from HMS Foudroyant
The cabinet makers are Goodall, Lamb & Heighway Ltd, Manchester and it is dated circa 1899
This escritoire was presented to St Paul Church , Blackpool
HMS Foudroyant was an 80-gun third rate of the Royal Navy which served Nelson as his flagship from 1799 until June 1801. When HMS Foudroyant came out of dock in 1819, she took up her role as guard ship at Devonport Dockyard until around 1860. In 1862 she was converted into a gunnery training vessel, a role she fulfilled until 1884. She was thereafter stationed at Devonport on dockyard duties, and was attached as to tender to the gunnery schoolship HMS Cambridge.
In June 1897 she was towed to Blackpool when during a violent storm, she parted a cable and dragging the remaining anchor, went ashore on Blackpool Sands, damaging Blackpool North Pier in the process. The Blackpool lifeboat was able to rescue all 27 of her crew.
After vain attempts to re float her, her guns were removed and she was sold for ₤200. She finally broke up in the December gales.
Craftsmen used flotsam from the wreck to make furniture
With it’s key , and four casters that at some point were fitted
119 cm height x 66 cm width x 34 cm depth
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