What are the Harpies in line 12 of Old Ironsides?

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Harpies have also been hypothesized to be seals which lie on the shore and "bark" at those who pass.  Most likely, however, they are the people who are against the ship's survival--the ones who don't see any value in her history or worth in her restoration for future generations.

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