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Former sea captains’ homes

1. Sequim, Wash. Built in 1861, this five-bedroom house is the former home of Capt. Elijah H. McAlmond. The property sits on one and a half acres overlooking Dungeness Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains. The home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes a fireplace, a claw-foot tub, and hardwood floors. $749,000. Laurel DuFlon, John L. Scott Real Estate, (360) 460-8753

Steal of the week2. Daytona Beach, Fla. This three-bedroom home was built at the turn of the 20th century, and local lore says it once belonged to a sea captain. The house overlooks the Halifax Harbor Marina and features completely updated systems, French doors, a stone fireplace, and a separate apartment. $299,900. John Leitschuh, Adams Cameron & Co. Realtors, (386) 506-1863

3. City Island, N.Y. Constructed in 1876, the Samuel Pell House is a seven-bedroom, Second Empire–style home located on the northern part of the island. Formerly owned by Capt. Pell, one of the leading oystermen on the island, the house features two fireplaces, hardwood floors, and arched doorways. $995,000. Lance Levine, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (212) 891-7670

4. Mathews, Va. Located on five acres of protected land on the Chesapeake Bay, this three-bedroom waterfront property is the former home of Capt. Eugene Armistead. Built in 1800, the house includes custom cabinetry, pine and tile flooring, and balconies overlooking the bay. Exterior details include a metal roof, a private dock with boat lift, and multiple outbuildings. $1,125,000. Diana Burton, IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate, (804) 725-8220

5. Mathews, Va. Located on a half mile of Mobjack Bay water frontage, Batavia Farm was built in 1842 for a ship captain. Interior details of the six-bedroom home include heart-pine floors, hand-painted Dutch tile, and French doors. The 76-acre property includes a red barn, a private pier with boat lift, and a driveway lined with pine, magnolia, and oak trees. $2,295,000. Sarah Reeves, Long & Foster, (804) 314-5503

6. Edgartown, Mass. The Captain Valentine Pease House was built in 1836 and overlooks Katama Bay. Author Herman Melville sailed with Capt. Pease, who is thought to be the inspiration for Moby-Dick’s Captain Ahab. The seven-bedroom home, located in the village’s center, features three fireplaces, central air-conditioning, and a new kitchen. $2,995,000. Bonnie Pierce, Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty, (508) 627-3313

7. Monterey, Calif. Built in 1927, this two-bedroom home overlooks Monterey Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf. Reputed to be a captain’s house, it has hand-hewn beams, a fireplace, and leaded-glass windows. Exterior features include a full-length balcony and an outdoor patio. $749,000. Richard Warren, Sotheby’s International Realty, (831) 622-4815 

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