Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Waving Girl

Marker ID: GHM 025-65
Location: Located in the parking lot near the visitor center of Fort Pulaski National Monument, off U.S. 80 east of Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 01.646    W 080° 53.547
  32.027433    -80.89245
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCKN
The Waving Girl Marker  


For 44 years, Florence Martus (1868-1943) lived on nearby Elba Island with her brother, the lighthouse keeper, and no ship arrived for Savannah or departed form 1887 to 1931 without her waving a handkerchief by day or a lantern by night. Throughout the years, the vessels in return watched for and saluted this quiet little woman. Few people ever met her yet she became the source of romantic legends when the story of her faithful greetings was told in ports all over the world. After her retirement the Propeller Club of Savannah, in honor of her seventieth birthday, sponsored a celebration on Cockspur Island. A Liberty ship, built in Savannah in 1943, was named for her.