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Why Was a Carved Figure of a Woman Put on the Front of Ships?

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Some of the early beliefs regarding figureheads on ships were shared with other types of carved figureheads. For example, a number of different figureheads throughout history have been used symbolically as the eyes of the ship, since some sailors
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The front of a ship is the prow or the bow while the back end is the stern. A few other nautical terms are "Clean bill of health", "Down the hatch" and "Chew
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I think it's simply called a figure head, I've always called it that.
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