Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin
The kitchen section of the cabin contained a cook's stove for cooking meals and heating the area, a table and chairs, and a cupboard to store dishes, pots and pans. Sleeping areas included the captain's quarters or stateroom and an area for bunk beds for the children or crew members. Because boatmen typically worked 16-18 hour days, they likely ate the evening meal and headed straight to bed.
Wives of the boat captain cooked and cleaned and cared for the family. Coal dust from the coal cargo onboard
The Captain's Cabin served as eating and sleeping areas.
The captain's children often worked as part of the boat crew. Here a young girl tends to one of the mules.
Young children were harnessed to prevent them from falling overboard while mother tended to laundry."
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 38.797′ N, 78° 45.819′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker can be reached from Canal Street 0.1 miles west of Wineow Street. Marker is located along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and is on the deck of the canal boat replica called The Cumberland." Note: The Cumberland may be periodically closed to the public.). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore a Trail Network (a few steps from this marker); Irish Laborers (within shouting distance of this marker); C&O Canal Terminus A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland (about 400 feet away); Footer's Dye Works (about 700 feet away); Cumberland Terminus: Yesterday and Today (about 800 feet away); Cumberland Gateway Westward (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Edward Shuck, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
Also see . . .
1. Cumberland Visitor Center, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 26, 2019.)
2. History & Culture, Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 26, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2019. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.