Sternboard from the "Portsmouth"
Wood, paint, gilding
Overall: 48 1/2 x 69 1/2 x 5 in. ( 123.2 x 176.5 x 12.7 cm )
inscribed: beneath eagle in gilded wood individual letters: "PORTSMOUTH"
Carved, painted, and gilded wooden sternboard of eagle with outspread wings sitting atop shield, cannon and draped flags; rectangular board at bottom with gilded letters spelling "PORTSMOUTH." Eagle completely gilded; shield and accoutrements painted red, white and blue with gilt tassels.
This sternboard is from the fast sailing vessel "Portsmouth," built in 1843. It was probably carved by the Baltimore shipcarver William Seward.
Gift of the Naval History Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.