Thursday, May 17, 2012


Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS

I find ship's figureheads both fascinating and somewhat spooky at the same time.  They appear very lifelike and often have haunting expressions.  They would adorn the bows of sailing ships, and I think were supposed to bring good luck.  Those who created these figureheads were very talented artists in their  own right.  The top picture is from the St. Patrick, a ship wrecked off the coast of Nova Scotia in September of 1841.  The bottom figurehead is from an unknown ship.

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