Saturday, August 25, 2012

Figurehead

Seen here is the figurehead of the USCGC Eagle (WIX- 327) (ex SSS Horst Wessel), while it was visiting the city earlier in the month. Back in my days at Lincoln Junior High School, I loved playing in the school's flag football league. I got interested in it after having played some in gym class. The afternoon league games were in my backyard at Gulliver's Field, and that made it even better. After signups, a draft of players was held by the advisor, and the teams were set. Each team had a captain and 7 players. B. Martel was our team's captain. He was the quarterback, and I played halfback. As the season progress, we did quite well. We were unbeaten after 10 games. We ended the season tied with the Vikings for first place and played them in a Championship Game on a drizzly October afternoon. Final outcome? We got crushed! So how do I pull this altogether? Easy. Touchdown! We were the Eagles!


18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful prow! And what a"long and winding road" from your youth memories to this eagle..I like the way your spirit walks, or to better say, flies..

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  2. Yes, it is beautiful. Inspires me to search the web for more. They're like the old automobile hood ornaments...works of art themselves. So, you had an opponent called the Vikings, only Minnesota's can't seem to crush anybody!

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  3. Wow! That's beautiful! And super shiny. Someone must really take care of it. :)

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  4. Kate is right. I, too, just came from Wiki after learning more about figureheads. Fascinating. The one in your picture is so beautiful.
    And you pull me back to the late 1990s. A young Maine friend was crewing that summer and she got me on board for free. For four fabulous days I got to sail around Maine and hoist sails, swab decks, polish brass, and sound the fog horn on the windjammer "American EAGLE"!!

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  5. An elegant mascot. Go eagles.

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  6. Very nice! Judging from the look on that eagle's face, he appears to be ready for a fight.

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  7. This image looks great pulled in real close Birdman, interesting little detail on the eagle's talons, can't quite make out if it's a compass or not.

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  8. It's hard to soar like an eagle when you play with a bunch of turkeys!

    This post is really for the birds, Birdman! But then what else can I expect.

    And we've a nice summer so far. Well, it was in the 90s sometimes. Like yesterday. But it rained so much that it kept the temps down.

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  9. I didn't know the Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel was still around under another name!

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  10. Love the angle of the eagle and the perspective of the little platform in the water way behind.

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  11. Always loved the figurehead on the Eagle. I use to see it al the time when I was stationed in New London. Nice capture.

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  12. I can see that on a Mini Cooper now.

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  13. A stern figure to face rough seas...
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  14. Again, good days for you kids...might fierce lookin' eagle on that ship!

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  15. That thing is awesome. I do wonder if the bird is made of gold? Probably not

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  16. love that eagle, birdman

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