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Title Our party in stern of Wabun
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 24, 1892
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. (From left to right): Ralph Munroe, Alice Austen, Thomas Quincy Browne Jr., and Nellie (Munroe) Austen are seated in the yacht "Wabun" on the water. Alice holds a conch shell up to her mouth. The sail is furled above them; a hilly shoreline is in the background. Inscription "E.A.A" in lower left corner.
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, and Nellie's brother, Ralph Munroe. The other man in this photo is Thomas Quincy Browne Jr., who graduated from Harvard in 1888. 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.

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)
Munroe, Ralph
Browne, Thomas Quincy Jr.
Catalog Number 50.015.6225
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2013.
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