Figureheads of sailing ships

The fishermen of the Mediterranean painted eyes to the bow of their boats. Usual motifs for figureheads are heads of animals, mythologic motifs, figures of saints and personages, women, arms and escutcheons, which are fitted at the bow of a sailing ship below the bowsprit. The figurehead of a sailing ship is loved and honoured by the crew. She is seen as a symbol of the vessel giving the ship a soul. Often there is a relationsship between the figurehead and the name of a sailing ship. It is a superstition by seamen that a figurehead watches the route of a sailing ship and preserves the ship from bad weather and wreckage. Sometimes the figurehead was the patron of the sailing ship and influenced the success of a voyage. The damage or destruction of a figurehead is interpreted as a bad omen. Figureheads are the finery of a sailing ship, and therefore we often take photos of them.

Figureheads of persons

Alexander von Humboldt II
Alexander von Humboldt II
Alexander von Humboldt II
Alexander von Humboldt II
Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
Antigua
Antigua
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Arawak
Arawak
Bounty II
Bounty II
Bounty II
Bounty II
Bryza H
Bryza H
Californian
Californian
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Christian Radich
Concordia
Concordia
Concordia
Concordia
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cuauhtémoc
Cymru
Cymru
Dewaruci
Dewaruci
Dewaruci
Dewaruci
Dewaruci
Dewaruci
Elissa
Elissa
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Étoile du Roy
Europa
Europa
Europa
Europa
Eye of the Wind
Eye of the Wind
Eye of the Wind
Eye of the Wind
Eye of the Wind
Eye of the Wind
Fridtjof Nansen
Fridtjof Nansen
Fridtjof Nansen
Fridtjof Nansen
Georg Stage
Georg Stage
Georg Stage
Georg Stage
Georg Stage
Georg Stage
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Gloria
Großherzogin Elisabeth
Großherzogin Elisabeth
Großherzogin Elisabeth
Großherzogin Elisabeth
Gunilla
Gunilla
HMS Trincomalee
HMS Trincomalee
Jeanie Johnston
Jeanie Johnston
Juan Sebastian de Elcano
Juan Sebastian de Elcano
Juan Sebastian de Elcano
Juan Sebastian de Elcano
Kaliakra
Kaliakra
Kaliakra
Kaliakra
Kaskelot
Kaskelot
La Recouvrance
La Recouvrance
La Recouvrance
La Recouvrance
La Reine des Flots
La Reine des Flots
La Reine des Flots
La Reine des Flots
Lili Marleen
Lili Marleen
Lili Marleen
Lili Marleen
Mare Frisium
Mare Frisium
Mare Frisium
Mare Frisium
Mircea
Mircea
Mircea
Mircea
Palinuro
Palinuro
Palinuro
Palinuro
Palinuro
Palinuro
Pickle
Pickle
Regina Maris
Regina Maris
Regina Maris
Regina Maris
Regina Maris
Regina Maris
Rickmer Rickmers
Rickmer Rickmers
Royalist
Royalist
Royalist
Royalist
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Rupel
Sagres II
Sagres II
Seute Deern
Seute Deern
Seute Deern
Seute Deern
Seute Deern
Seute Deern
Shabab Oman
Shabab Oman
Shabab Oman
Shabab Oman
Shabab Oman
Shabab Oman
Signora del Vento
Signora del Vento
Stad Amsterdam
Stad Amsterdam
Stortemelk
Stortemelk
Stortemelk
Stortemelk
Stortemelk
Stortemelk
Sviatitel Petr
Sviatitel Petr
Sviatitel Petr
Sviatitel Petr
Tenacious
Tenacious
Tenacious
Tenacious
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Thalassa
Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres
Zawisza Czarny II
Zawisza Czarny II
Zawisza Czarny II
Zawisza Czarny II

Figureheads of animals

Baltic Beauty
Baltic Beauty
Baltic Beauty
Baltic Beauty
Eagle
Eagle
Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Falado von Rhodos
Falado von Rhodos
Gorch Fock (2)
Gorch Fock (2)
Gorch Fock (2)
Gorch Fock (2)
Götheborg
Götheborg
Götheborg
Götheborg
Götheborg
Götheborg
Guayas
Guayas
Gulden Leeuw
Gulden Leeuw
Italia
Italia
Khersones
Khersones
Morgenster
Morgenster
Pelican of London
Pelican of London
Royal Louise
Royal Louise
Royal Louise
Royal Louise
Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud II
Sea Cloud II
Shtandart
Shtandart
Shtandart
Shtandart
Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini
Tarangini

Ornaments

Amphitrite
Amphitrite
Amphitrite
Amphitrite
Belem
Belem
Capitan Miranda
Capitan Miranda
Capitan Miranda
Capitan Miranda
Capitan Miranda
Capitan Miranda
Cisne Branco
Cisne Branco
Duchesse Anne
Duchesse Anne
J.R.Tolkien
J.R.Tolkien
J.R.Tolkien
J.R.Tolkien
Loth Loriën
Loth Loriën
Lovis
Lovis
Sedov
Sedov
Skythia
Skythia
Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Twister
Twister
Twister
Twister