Captain Samuel Chester Reid scuttled his ship, the General Armstrong, rather than surrender to the British during the War of 1812. The boatswains mate removed the ship's figurehead and carried it safely ashore.
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Photograph of the figurehead of the USS Niagara mounted on a large base bearing reliefs of cannon and cannon balls. The figurehead is of a large eagle ready to take flight. Written in lower right is "Figurehead U.S.S. Niagara/ Boston Navy Yard/ May 24, 1902".