Captains made good use of notoriously cramped quarters in the ship’s stern section (deckhands were housed before the mast). The captain’s desk was tailor made to offer maximum comfort and space in a minimal floor area. Drawers to house the crew’s papers, sealed sailing instructions, logbooks, charts, instruments and a pair of flintlock pistols. Brass corners to protect from damage when being moved around. Sturdy construction to withstand often violent ship’s movements. Well-traveled. Sturdily made of cherry and maple. Leather inset top.