Boat Name Sign
American: Mid 20th Century
Rectangular hardwood, with raised applied painted letters
6 x 32 x .5 inches
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Name sign for a boat or yacht stern reading “Seven Seas.” It is rectangular, varnished in natural wood, with applied raised letters painted cream/yellow. The “Seven Seas” is a phrase for all the world’s oceans, frequently used as “sail the seven seas.” It is used currently to refer to these seven oceans: Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific, and Antarctic Oceans.
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.