Freedom Figurehead - St Michaels, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 38° 47.243 W 076° 13.251
18S E 393967 N 4293890
Quick Description: A large figurehead located in St Michaels, Maryland. The story of how this got here is pretty funny.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 6/23/2021 5:30:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM14EJC
Views: 3

Long Description:
The sign says, "Where did such a big figurehead come from? A big ship? In this case, it was made for a relatively small vessel—the 88-foot schooner yacht, Freedom. Yacht designer John G. Alden never intended for Freedom to have a figurehead when she was built in 1931. But just before World War II, the schooner was given to the U.S. Naval Academy to train midshipmen in sailing. One of the captains of the vessel requested a figurehead, and the Academy's patternmaker, John M. Cook made a big one. After a few years, it was removed because it added 450 pounds to the bow and was vulnerable to damage.

Made c. 1950 by John M. Cook
On loan from the U.S. Naval Academy Museum

"...it was removed and placed in the Naval Academy Museum... Somehow some of the midshipmen entered the Museum where the Freedom figurehead was and rubbed their hands on the large bosoms for luck. One midshipman wrote his mother and told her what he did and the luck he had. Apparently his mother didn't agree. She wrote the Admiral a letter, and the Admiral's orders were, "Move it." So this is the reason the figurehead 'Freedom' is on indefinite loan to the Maritime Museum."
Type: Personalized Properties

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