Cabin of the Ship Benjamin F. Packard

Cabin of the ship Benjamin F. Packard

The Down Easter Benjamin F. Packard was built in Bath, Maine in 1883 by Goss, Sawyer, and Packard, and named for Packard. She worked in the Cape Horn trade, New York to San Francisco and then west across the Pacific. She was sold to the Pacific Northwest in 1908, she worked carrying fishing workers and equipment to Alaska fish canneries in spring and returning with fish in the fall. She was retired in New York in 1927 after a trip as a barge. She became part of the Playland amusement park in Rye, New York. Heavily damaged in the Hurricane of 1938, she was broken up. Her cabin was salvaged and is on display at Mystic Seaport Museum after installation in the 1970s.

This view of the captain's cabin shows the high quality of joinery work done during the vessel's construction. Close study has shown how these panels were built and installed, and how graining was used to substitute for more expensive veneers.

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Rye, New York