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Whaling Bark Sunbeam
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Port view of Sunbeam.
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Starboard profile of Whaling Bark Sunbeam.


Year: 1856 AD
Category: Modern
Vessel Type: Merchant Ship
Scale: 1/16" = 1 foot
Overall Length: 176 feet

Built in Mattapoisett Massachusetts in 1856, the Sunbeam served as a whaling ship until 1909 when she was sold to haul lumber and other cargo for the Cape Verde trade. She was wrecked and totally lost off Wolfe Island, Georgia, USA in 1911.

Please note the enlargeable detail photos showing the tools and equipment on the deck where whale blubber was rendered into oil through a process known as "trying". The fireplace and trypots are seen amidships just in front of the carpenters bench that is complete with vise and a chicken coop below.

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Carpenter's bench with vise. Trypots just in front of the bench.
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Helm and Captain's cabin area.
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The brickwork pattern on the hull shows the copper plating applied to the bottom of this wooden ship to repel barnacles and worms.
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Foc'sl and windlass area.

Location and Hours

1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
We are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-4. We are open Thursday thru Saturday 10-5.
We will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th. We will be open on the 27th , 28th, 29th. We will be closed December 30th, 31st. We will be open very irregular hours in January as this is our off-season and we will be closed throughout February for museum display renovation work.

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