“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Onancock in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Cabin area…

The Cabin area… Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
1. The Cabin area… Marker
Only the largest log canoes had a cabin. This cabin had bunks and slept 3-4 persons. It had a small wood stove (installed later) for cooking and heat in the winter. A large portion of the cabin is taken up the centerboard truck and the mast leaving more room to eat and sleep. The centerboard is 11 and half feet long and would be dropped down by raising the steel handle mounted on top.

When the larger canoes went across to the James and Potomac rivers in the water, the crews slept aboard in the small cabins. Captain Clifton Stant tells us what it was like to live aboard:

"--- it was all in one little cabin, we pretty near slept, ate, and everything all in the same spot, -- it was just tight, -- you can't imagine how tight it was in the little cabin for four people. On each side they had a little seat maybe about eight inches up off the floor. That is where you pulled your beds out, -- push them up under the bow and pull them out at night. Sometimes we would sleep forward of the mast, two could sleep up there, - tight sleeping. They had a little four burner cook stove, the top of it wasn't more than eighteen
Display on the <i>Annie C.</i> image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
2. Display on the Annie C.
inches square. It burned wood and we had to cut pieces about six inched long to fit. You would be surprised what it would do to keep us warm. Of course we would keep putting a little piece of wood in her all night long during cold weather and kept the fire going all night into her."
From Log Canoes of the Eastern Shore of Virginia by Harry S. Holcomb
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 42.759′ N, 75° 44.774′ W. Marker is in Onancock, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Market Street and College Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Onancock VA 23417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The knees and washboards… (here, next to this marker); Log Canoe Annie C (here, next to this marker); Steering the Annie C… (here, next to this marker); The Logs… (here, next to this marker); Annie C. (a few steps from this marker); Kerr Place (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. John Ross (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chesapeake Lodge #158 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Onancock.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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