Boat Name Sign
Ol’ Salty’s Quaterboards, East Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Late 20th Century
3.75 x 16.5 x 1 inches
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Name sign for a boat or yacht stern reading “Bulldog.” It is rectangular with shaped molded edges and painted blue with gold lettering and border. The letters are routed into the board. The maker’s name, Ol’ Salty’s Quarterboards, and other information is on a label on the back. The company, still in business as of 2016, was established in 1977.
Maritime signs such as these are generally and variously referred to as name board, sign board, quarterboard, sternboard, and/or transom board. They were generally applied to the stern (the back or aft-most part of a ship or boat). They would identify the ship at sea, or if wrecked when washed up ashore. Frequently the ship captain would save the name board when he retired, or they were salvaged when the board was replaced or the ship was scrapped, and then used as decoration and a souvenir in the home. They are now popular decoration for beach houses, libraries, man caves, etc.