The former residence of one of the best-known characters in the annals of whaling is for sale: Listed for $895,000, the 19th century Cold Spring Harbor Colonial once belonged to Captain Manuel Enos, a real-life Captain Ahab.
The 19th century four-bedroom, four-bath building is part of the walking tour for the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, which is across the street. For decades, the white house with pink shutters (they have since been repainted) mirrored the color scheme of whaleboats in Enos’ homeland, the Azores, an archipelago off the coast of Portugal.
His life has become part of history .?.?. and legend. Immortalized by Joshua Fillebrown Beane in “Big Manuel,” one of the most detailed whaling chronicles, Enos and five other Cold Spring Harbor sailors were said to have been the heaviest whaling crew (at 1,350 pounds) in the history of American whaling.
Enos is believed to have disappeared while on one of his voyages, but “he was not lost at sea, as some people seem to think,” says Nomi Dayan, the museum’s interim executive director. Many years after his disappearance, there is evidence that he sailed out of Talcahuano, Chile. To this day, there is a street named after him in that port city.
Enos also became known as an artisan. His examples of scrimshaw -- the art of etching and inking on ivory or bone -- are on display at the museum.
In the house, the original door hardware, wide plank floors, and chain-and-pulley double-hung windows from the late 1800s are historic features.
The house is listed with Peggy Moriarty of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.