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Originally an ornamental stern in smaller sailing ships either framing a window of the cabin or giving a representation of a window. It was usually heavily decorated with carvings of sea gods or other marine figures. Today a ship's badge is normally a heraldic device based on the ship's name or on some other association she may have. It is often known as the ship's crest, and is usually displayed on board in some prominent place.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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