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William Luke

 (born 1790)
William Luke was active/lived in Virginia.  William Luke is known for ship figurehead carving.

Biography   William Luke

A joiner in the Gosport Navy Yard of Portsmouth, Virginia in the 1820s, William Luke was a figurehead carver for Navy ships.  In 1820, he carved the figure of Tamarind, the chief of the Delaware Indians, for the U.S.S. Delaware, the first national ship ever docked in a dry dock of the United States.  Tamarind was a half-length figure rising out of a scroll and a wreath of ivy and arrows and a pipe sticking out of his belt.

The figurehead is now in the Naval Museum at Annapolis because it was removed and saved from the Delaware, when the ship was destroyed in 1861.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
Erwin O. Christensen, Early American Wood Carving, p. 20
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