- 1892 - about the Sydney Harbour pilot vessel Captain Cook II and its figurehead that was made by Charles Fleming.

Charles Fleming and the Captain Cook II
by Jim Fleming

Charles Fleming's figurehead on the Sydney Harbour pilot vessel Captain Cook - click for more photographs
Charles Fleming's figurehead on the Sydney Harbour pilot vessel Captain Cook

My great-great-grandfather, Charles Fleming, was an iron moulder journeyman who created the mould for casting the iron figurehead for the Sydney Harbour pilot boat Captain Cook. The great seafarer is shown shading his eyes with his right arm as he stares resolutely ahead with his telescope tucked under his left arm. His body morphs at the waist into intricate filigree work along the bow of the vessel.

Follow this link for more details and many more photographs of the vessels that bore the figurehead.