Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue
The grounding destroyed the Dictator. Members of the Seatack Life Saving Station saved Captain Jorgenson and nine crew members but seven people, including the captain's wife and son, died in the shipwreck.
For 62 years the ship's wooden figurehead was preserved on a site on the beach as a reminder of the Dictator’s loss.
Thomas Goode Baptiste who owned a summer cottage in Virginia Beach, championed the erection of a new memorial. The people of Moss, Norway, homeport of the Dictator, raised funds for the monument, The Norwegian Lady, a bronze statue created by Norwegian sculptor, Ørnulf Bast.
On September 21. 1962, identical Norwegian Lady statutes were erected, one in Virginia Beach, the other in Moss. They face each other across the Atlantic Ocean, wishing all men and women of the sea safe return home.
Location. 36° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sister Cities (a few steps from this marker); Naval Aviation Monument Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Air Station Oceana (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair (about 500 feet away); Neptune (approx. half a mile away); Neighborhood Alert! (approx. 0.6 miles away); Who's in the neighborhood? (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Categories. • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 4. submitted on February 23, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.