Valhalla - Sternboard of the Colossus 1798
Above is a detail from the sternboard of HMS Colossus, which was wrecked off Samson in 1798. She was on her way back from the Mediterranean, carrying wounded from the Battle of the Nile and a sizeable collection of ancient artefacts belonging to Sir William Hamilton, then British Envoy at Naples.
Her cables parted on 10th December and she drifted on to rocks. In the Abbey Gardens history room is one of her stern figures, which was recovered by divers in 2000.