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This imposing figure was created to be the figurehead on the Great Republic, a 335 feet-long cargo ship built in 1853. It was the longest wooden sailing cargo ship ever built in the United States. When the Great Republic first launched from Boston Harbor, the city declared a public holiday, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow recited a poem he wrote for the occasion titled, “Great Republic.”  The Eagle had only been in place for a few weeks when the ship was severely damaged by fire and subsequently rebuilt into a smaller vessel without this figurehead.

This item may be viewed at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.

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  • Jimi JonesDecember 3, 2014 - 10:03 am

    That’s a very impressive carving, Mark. Love the historic backstory and its a great thing that this was saved from the fire or eventual scrap heap.ReplyCancel

This was the last stop on the nXnw trip. Lo Presti Park in East Boston. This is actually the remnants of Carlton’s Wharf to the side of the park. We must have arrived at the extreme of low tide. Most images I have seen of this location show these pilings nearly submerged in water with just 1 or 2 feet above water. The conditions we were afforded allowed for some unusual compositions.

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Late August. Gorgeous Day. Decided to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge on the way home.  I had never been on the walkway before.  Awesome evening. The only problem was I ran out of film earlier than anticipated.

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Voigtlander 28mm f/2

Kodak Gold 400 film

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The Grey Man made an appearance at nXnw2014, during our first stop at Nubble Light on Cape Neddick near York, Maine. He is difficult to spot outside of his usual habitat of NYC, so this was something of a special event.

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  • Michael CriswellNovember 25, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Sweet, he’s back! Have a great holiday MarkReplyCancel

  • Toad Hollow PhotographyNovember 27, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    I can never get enough of this series, Mark! I love this post and how the Grey Man is taken out of his normal habitat. Fabulous natural artistic tension in this composition, my friend, absolutely top drawer!!ReplyCancel

    • MarkNovember 30, 2014 - 7:16 am

      Thank you my good friend Toad. It’s good to know that the Grey Man can still delight people.ReplyCancel

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