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Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin

 
 
A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
1. A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker
Note #1: Viewing north towards marker.
Inscription.  For the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal boatmen and their family or crew, the captain's cabin was their living quarters on the boat. About 10 feet by 14 feet in size, the cabin served as the eating and sleeping area for as few as two and as many as 8-10 people. Some boatmen had a small crew consisting of a mule driver and a boat hand in addition to themselves. Others traveled the canal with their entire family. Family members served as the crew. Young teens served as mule drivers and even small children helped with the care of the mules when they were old enough. Imagine your entire family fitting into the small cabin on a canal boat.

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
A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
2. A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker
Note #1: Viewing north towards marker.
was a problem. Lavenia Brust, young child of a C&O boatman remembers, "Our cabin was always spotless; small but neat. She (her mother) made it home for father and me." The captain's cabin was truly a home on the boat.

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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 Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
3. A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin Marker
Note #1: Viewing north toward the marker on the deck of The Cumberland. Note #2: In the foreground is the marker called "A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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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<i>The Cumberland</i> (Replica canal boat) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
4. The Cumberland (Replica canal boat)
Note #1: Viewing north towards boat.
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, September 16, 2019
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Note #1: Viewing south towards the boat.
 

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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.
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