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Albertville, Alabama (U.S.)

Marshall County

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The website at shows a city seal consisting of a heraldic shield or depicting a sailing ship argent cupped in two hands of the same, the whole surmounted by the Scales of Justice or, with an illegible blazon and date azure, all surrounded by a double circle azure fimbriated doubly gules, with six blossoms (unclear) arranged crescent fashion three on each side, the words City of at the top of the inner circle and Albertville, Alabama at the bottom, both azure.
Ron Lahav, 5 February 2004

This description threw me for a loop. Albertville sits on top of the 1000 foot (330 meter) high ridge known as Sand Mountain. The nearest body of water capable of accommodating anything resembling a sailing ship is Guntersville Lake, more than 10 miles (16 km) away. So why a sailing ship? Answer: I think what is being cupped by the two hands on the shield is instead a stylized representation of a group of people--the symbolism presumably being that the city protects and cares for the citizens.
Joe McMillan, 6 February 2004