I was standing on the river downtown once when a ship passed the Waving Girl statue and gave a prolonged blast on the horn. I asked a friend, "why did they do that?"
"They are saluting the Waving Girl statue."
Now, how cool is that? Carrying on a tradition out of respect for our history is part of Southern Culture, and I love it.
Whenever I pass Captain Judy's (AKA Miss Judy's Fishing Charters) docks on the Island Explorer with a boat-load of tourists, I tell of her history here, and about her dad and his friend Al Capone and the diamond ring and the prohibition-shuttle. She is a living Savannah tradition, in addition to being a pretty wonderful human being. If she is on the dock either returning from or embarking on a charter, she smiles and waves, and we wave back. A few months back, I started having the passengers yell "on 3, HEY CAPTAIN JUDY!" It's amazing how much sound we can make. Judy smiles a huge smile and waves with both arms!
|One of several boats running charters at Captain Judy's docks on Wilmington Island|
It's fun, and everyone involved laughs. It's a small nice thing to do for someone, and doing small nice things make me feel better about life. It's my own little Savannah tradition.
|Savannah's Waving Girl Statue on the riverfront downtown.|
To learn more about Miss Judy and her fishing adventures click here...