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Title Interior of Wabun cabin
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 18, 1892
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Interior view of the cabin of the yacht Wabun. A man, identified in other photos as "Butterball" (research has identified him as Thomas Quincy Browne Jr.) sits on the left side of a table; he wears a sweater with the letter "H" on his chest. Nellie (Munroe) Austen sits at right. They both face the camera. Items on the table include ceramic cups and saucers, a pitcher, a bottle, and a box of "GINGER / WAFER / BISCUITS". Items on the floor of the cabin include an alligator-skin satchel, a lantern, metal boxes, and a basket. Inscription "E.A.A" in lower left corner. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Stanley / 35 / No. 443 / Interior of Wabun cabin / Fine, clear day / W.L. / 20 secs / 10 ft / 1.40 P.M / Tuesday Oct 18th / 1892 / Canal Trip".
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History In October 1892, Alice Austen took a trip on the yacht "Wabun" with her aunt, Nellie (Munroe) Austen; Nellie's brother, Ralph Munroe; and Thomas Quincy Browne Jr. The group departed from New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Alice and Nellie sailed as far as Annapolis, Maryland. Their journey took them through the Delaware and Raritan Canal, the Delaware River, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and the Chesapeake Bay. After Alice and Nellie departed the trip in Annapolis, Ralph Munroe and Thomas Quincy Browne Jr. continued on to Biscayne Bay, Florida.

In this photo, Thomas Quincy Browne Jr. and Nellie (Munroe) Austen are seated in the cabin of the Wabun. The initial "H" on Mr. Browne's sweater likely reflects the fact that he graduated from Harvard in 1888.

Ralph Munroe was a noted yacht designer; the "Wabun," launched in 1892, was one of the more than 40 sailing vessels he designed. His autobiography, "The Commodore's Story," was published in 1930.
Earliest Date 1892
Latest Date 1892
Subjects Yachts
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, Nellie (Munroe)
Browne, Thomas Quincy Jr.
Catalog Number 50.015.6194
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2016.
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