Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816
Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816

Diana Shipwreck Cargo Cockerel Bird Figure c1816

c. 1816 China

Offered by Roger Bradbury Antiques

£365 gbp
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This amusing toy is modelled as a crowing Cockerel, Glazed in Honey and Brown colours. Parts of the head and crop have attracted marine life where it is unglazed. Freely potted with great character in good condition. I have had a few Cargo toys from the Diana shipwreck , This One is a much Larger example. For those who have a Larger budget, These toys are most impressive in sets of Three different Types! Each figure will be supplied with its own certificate of authenticity from myself and print out of the shipwreck story. The underside of each retains the original Christies auction sticker with lot numbers which can be cross checked with the original auction catalogue.

Size:
7"inches High
4"inches Wide
The Diana Cargo On the 4th of March 1816, the Diana set sail up the Malacca Strait to Prince of Wales Island under the command of Captain Alexander Lyell. The night was pitch black and with nothing to guide the crew, they pressed on blindly to the northwest. The leadsman called out the water depths with the ship covering 220m a minute and they reduced rapidly from 16 fathoms, to 10! The lookouts peered vainly ahead but could see nothing. However, below the water was Karang Lintang, a submerged cordillera of granite boulders. The first Officer James Crichton anxiously debated whether to wake the captain, who was suffering from dysentery, asleep on his bunk. The Diana effectively ended this debate as she crashed into the rocks, sending everyone sprawling. Thrown from his bunk, Captain Lyell rushed up on deck but it was too late to save her. Punctured by a boulder the water poured in and though they tumbled the cannon overboard, brought down the topmasts and started the water casks, they could not get her off. During the night, they tred to send a boat back to Malacca for assistance but after it had been driven back for the third time, Lyell ordered them to abandon ship. 10 men were left after floating free and steered for Malacca. The Diana, settled deeper every minute and suddenly plunged under taking two Lascars and Captain Lyell with it. 176 years later, after discovering records of a lost ship, the Malaysian Historical Salvors (MHS) were awarded a contract to search for and salvage the Diana. After spending three years and locating 11 wrecks, they finally found her 4 days before Christmas.
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