Event Details

Art Exhibition – The Five Wives of Captain Hand: A Maritime Melodrama

Date: October 13th, 2017
Venue: Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
Address: 200 Main Street
City: Sag Harbor
Organization: Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Website: http://www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org/
Phone: 631-725-0770
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Works by Sabina Streeter
Opening reception: Saturday, October 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Captain David Hand VI; celebrated Revolutionary war hero, shore whaling captain, and real-life inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper’s great American saga, the Leather Stocking Tales, had a colorful and mysterious life.

A prisoner of war five times before the age of twenty, Captain Hand was nicknamed “Slippery Dave” for his numerous escapes from British prison-ships. After the war, Hand returned to his beloved cottage on Church Street in Sag Harbor and began a career as a shore whaler – but the controversy continued.

Captain David Hand was married five times – four of his young wives died mysteriously one after the other, only one wife outlived him.

Today, Captain Hand and his five wives remain buried in the Oakland cemetery, with epitaphs that haunt and stir the imagination.

The Five Wives of Captain Hand: A Maritime Mystery presents artist Sabina Streeter’s historical reinterpretation of the infamous Captain David Hand and his five unfortunate wives. Exhibit last day is Oct 31, and can be seen during normal Museum hours of 10am to 5pm.