White Figureheads on Tea Clippers

Seawitch Artist
28th January 2011, 04:57
I've written this about the Cutty Sark's figurehead on my website...http://www.seawitchartist.com/cuttysark-figurehead.htm
What I want to know more about is the trend to give Tea Clippers white figureheads that may began with the Ariel?
The Long John Silver collection book is nice, but doesn't help.
A man who was restoring a figurehead in the St. Katherine's Dock recently told me it was the case with Royal Navy ships post 1850's but I'm not sure thats so, and again doesn't answer the question.
Can anyone help?