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mounted stuffed pig's head, Tirpitz the Pig

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 9032
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • Mount: wood
  • Specimin: organic
Dimensions
  • Overall: Height 920 mm
  • Overall: Width 660 mm
  • Overall: Depth 475 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: mounted stuffed pig's head, Tirpitz the Pig
  • SIMPLE NAME: COM
Object Type
trophy
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

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History note

'Tirpitz' the pig was seen swimming in the water after the sinking of the German light cruiser SMS Dresden off the Juan Fernandez Islands (South Pacific, some 600 kilometres off the coast of Chile) on 14 March 1915. A sailor on HMS Glasgow jumped overboard to save the animal. Tirpitz became a mascot on the Glasgow, was later kept at the Whale Island Gunnery School, Portsmouth, and was auctioned three times for charity. When he died his head was stuffed and mounted. For photographic portrait of Tirpitz the pig see Q 47559 (IWM Photograph Archive).

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Mounted stuffed pig's head, Tirpitz the Pig

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