Freedom figurehead

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© Thad Zajdowicz
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Figurehead of schooner Freedom at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's. MD. She is quite anatomically, ahem, correct. The Freedom was given to the Naval Academy in the 1930's, but as she was only 88 feet long, this heavy figurehead made sailing her a problem. So, the figurehead was dismounted and kept at the Naval Academy, where midshipmen took to rubbing her ample bosom for luck. This ended when a midshipman described the practice to his mother in a letter and she indignantly wrote to the Commandant of the Academy, who ordered the figurehead put into storage. Canon EOS 7D and 17-55 mm lens.

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  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (26 May 2011):

    Love it!

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2011):

    Nicely done....

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 May 2011):


  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (31 May 2011):

    Whoa! must be cold out....what a deal....wonderful bit of history.....great shot....

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