Restored figurehead from the HMS Calcutta begins its journey to the National Museum of the Royal Navy

A restored figurehead from a 19th century Royal Navy ship, HMS Calcutta, has begun its journey from Devon to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

The ship was decommissioned in Plymouth in 1908 Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The ship was built from teak in Bombay in India and launched there in 1831.

She was decommissioned in Plymouth in 1908 and sold for breaking up.

The figurehead stands 15 feet tall Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The figurehead, which stands 15 feet tall, was removed and given to the First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher upon his retirement.

The figurehead from the HMS Calcutta Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It stood at his home Kilverstone Hall near Thetford in Norfolk.

The figurehead has been acquired by the National Museum of the Royal Navy Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It has been acquired by the National Museum of the Royal Navy and restored by Devon sculptor Rod Hare at his workshop in Bickleigh beside the River Exe.