St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Just before World War II, the schooner was given to the U.S. Naval Academy to train midshipmen in sailing. One of Freedom's captains requested a figurehead, and the Academy's patternmaker, John M. Cook, made a big one. After a few years, it was removed to the Naval Academy Museum as it added 450 pounds to the bow and was vulnerable to damage.
"Midshipmen entered the Museum where the Freedom figurehead was and rubbed their hands on the large bosoms for luck. One Midshipman wrote his mother and told her what he did and the luck he had Apparently his mother didn't agree. She wrote the Admiral a letter and the Admiral's orders were, 'Move it.'" -- From a 1984 letter by carver John M. Cook, describing Freedom's loan to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Location. 38° 47.234′ N, 76° 13.249′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker can be reached from Cherry Street. Touch for map. Along the waterfront in front of Dodson House at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Point Historic Houses (a few steps from this marker); Oystering on the Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (a few steps from this marker); War in the Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); Captain John Smith's Shallop (within shouting distance of this marker); Too Much of a Good Thing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rebuilding Rosie Parks (about 300 feet away); Tolchester Bandstand (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.