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Ship Figureheads

April 18th, 2017 by Piper Smith

Leading back to before the Viking period (I know, I thought the vikings started them too) at around 350 and 650 A.D. ship figureheads began making an appearance on large vessels. They began when the Germanic were making way into Europe. A few centuries later and the Vikings began making ship figureheads to look like dragons.

This was during a time where most people could not read, so the Ship Figureheads were used as symbols to indicate the name of the ship and in some cases, also show status of wealth and power of a country.

In Germany, Belgium, and Holland ship figureheads were thought to be of good luck and contained spirits that would protect and guide the ship safely.

now-a-days, to see a ship figurehead you will mostly have to go to a museum… like the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum!!

This figure head can be found at KWSTM!

 

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