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Savannah's Waving Girl

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 14 January 2020 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Florence Martus (1868–1943), also known as "the Waving Girl", took it upon herself to be the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah, Georgia, between 1887 and 1931. A few years after she began waving at passing sailors, she moved in with her brother, a light keeper, at his small white cottage about five miles up the river from Fort Pulaski. From her rustic home on Elba Island, a tiny piece of land in the Savannah River near the Atlantic Ocean, Martus would wave a handkerchief by day and a lantern by night. According to legend, not a ship was missed in her forty-four years on watch.

This statue of Martus by the sculptor Felix de Weldon is erected in Morrell Park on the historic riverfront of Savannah.

Photo captured October 7, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/90 second F/4.8 ISO 902 38 mm

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

This statue is really superb. I appreciate very much the explanatory note which accompanies your photo, it allows to know a little more about the History of America and South America.

14 Jan 2020 5:32am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Lovely sculpture with her dog.

14 Jan 2020 5:44am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

An interesting and even funny history is on this statue.

14 Jan 2020 6:46am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle sculpture , Joli travail !!
Et bel hommage ..

14 Jan 2020 7:13am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Outstanding piece!

14 Jan 2020 7:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Jolie statue

14 Jan 2020 7:32am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une très jolie sculpture et merci pour les explications la concernant.
Bonne journée Steven

14 Jan 2020 7:58am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

cool frame

14 Jan 2020 8:22am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


14 Jan 2020 9:33am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent image and great to hear about Florence Martus.

14 Jan 2020 9:55am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

we get the odd person over here who takes it upon themselves to direct traffic :) A slightly bizarre story, but how nice to have a sculpture commemorating it. Your usual excellent combination of photo and documentary info

14 Jan 2020 10:46am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice capture

14 Jan 2020 11:42am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe !

14 Jan 2020 11:49am

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

A very nice capture Steven

14 Jan 2020 12:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful sculpture of Waving Girl with her dog. And interesting information. Excellent. :)

14 Jan 2020 1:05pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Florence and her dog.
Is that a lassie?

14 Jan 2020 1:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Fabulous background and statue

14 Jan 2020 2:56pm

Rose from United States

I love the sculpture....love the dog part, too. And I like the story.

14 Jan 2020 3:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

What a lovely sculpture !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And thank you for the note:)))
A fantastic image here !

14 Jan 2020 3:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle statue et ce chien à côté fantastique image
Belle soirée

14 Jan 2020 3:33pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I remember this wonderful sculpture and her story.

14 Jan 2020 3:45pm

Remus from Portugal

Clearly it was a woman with a huge fascination with boats.
When we do what we really enjoy, no task is bad.

14 Jan 2020 4:51pm

omar from Hamburg, Germany

Didn't know her before, now I am more informed, nice statue.

14 Jan 2020 5:15pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing of the statue . You mean she was there for every boat ...?

14 Jan 2020 5:30pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

What a wonderful story! I am glad that a statue was created in her honor. A beautiful image!

14 Jan 2020 6:39pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Remarkable waving action in this fine art work.

14 Jan 2020 8:51pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Bel hommage rendu à Florence Martus !

14 Jan 2020 9:11pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely sculpture.

14 Jan 2020 9:54pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A dedicated greeter for sure! Lovely capture of the sculpture.

14 Jan 2020 11:36pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Un bel hommage rendu avec cette belle statue, à une femme qui le méritait largement.

15 Jan 2020 1:27am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Jolies statues, j'aime beaucoup.

15 Jan 2020 1:28am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice documentation of this statue, both the photo and the history. the sculptor has an odd interpretation of the handkerchief she is waving. and who doesn't love a dog.

15 Jan 2020 2:40am

Brian from Christchurch, New Zealand

Nice image and interesting facts.

15 Jan 2020 3:40am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

that was very hospitable of her to take on such a task

17 Jan 2020 4:22pm