Town of Gosport Crest

So as it turns out, the Dawn Birds symbol from yesterday’s post isn’t actually what my research request was for.

I think they were looking for this:

Also a scanned copy, a little blurry, but not so  much glare:

The date 1614 is when Captain John Smith came to the Isles of Shoals and drew the first good map of the area.  He tried to name the islands Smith’s Isles, but fishermen living here had already named them the Isles of Shoals, so John’s name didn’t stick.

“Sunrise Never Failed Us Yet” is a line from a poem by Celia Thaxter published in Drift Weed on p.64.

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