USS Lancaster Eagle

Figurehead from the USS Lancaster, circa 1880
John Haley Bellamy, carver (Amer. 1836-1914)
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Lancaster Eagle

The meticulously carved Eagle figurehead from the USS Lancaster is situated inside the main entryway of the Museum. Restored to its original glittering finish with its wingspan of eighteen feet and weight of 3,200 pounds, it symbolizes the nation's growing power and international stature. When the US Navy was rebuilding the steam frigate in 1880, they commissioned Bellamy who was paid $2.32 a day to carve the enormous Eagle.





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