Many 17th century ships were decorated with elaborate carvings in the Baroque style, and while we will never know what types of carvings were present on the original Nonsuch, the replica presents what was fairly typical for ships during this period. Often the carvings were linked to sailor’s superstitions, and the naked lady carvings on the stern of the Nonsuch depict just that. Women were considered to be bad luck on a ship, they would distract the sailors and anger the seas but naked women served the opposite purpose, they supposedly calmed the seas. This is why many ships had naked women figureheads and other carvings on the ship.
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