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Captain's Cabin

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Mystic Seaport

Located in the stern of the ship, the captain's cabin was the most spacious quarters with two separate rooms, a day cabin and a bedroom. The day cabin had storage space and always had a couch. Here the captain could take a nap and still be within hearing distance of any disturbance on deck. Against the forward wall of the cabin was the captain's desk. Here he would track the voyage on navigation charts. The bedroom had a bunk or bed, a wash stand (sink), and an adjoining private privy (toilet). A compass was mounted on the ceiling over the bed. It was called a "tell tale", as the Captain could lie in bed and see what direction they were going. This photo shows the Captain's cabin on the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport.

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