Bill Hubbard Painting of the Alice S. Wentworth
Attachment is my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth for posting on GMG. This is an Acrylic, Pen & Ink on 16X20 stretched canvas. It is one of a series of paintings I am doing on historical coasting schooners. She was built in Norwalk, CT. in 1863. Bought by Capt. Arthur A. Stevens in early 1900s. Completely rebuilt by Stevens and re-documented in 1905 as the A.S.Wentworth.
Regarded as one of the fastest coasting schooners on the coast, she hauled general cargos including lumber, coal, gypsom, salt and merchandise to ports from New York to the canadian maritimes. She often loaded salt directly from the big salt steamers that called atGloucester to fish processors along the coast of Maine.
My painting depicts the Wentworth passing Thatchers I. and setting a course into the Gulf of Maine. Loaded with salt in Gloucester and bound for Boothbay and other down east ports she has just come about and sprung her main and foresail wing-and-wing with the a dry sou’easter pushing her along.
I like to paint historic sailing ships doing what they were built to do. I’ve just started a painting of the just re-built 130′ Sch Western Union of Key West, Florida. She was built as a coaster in 1936 for and sailed as a Marine cable repair ship for Western Union Telegraph Company for 35 years. She has just undergone a $1.24 million restoration and will operate out of Key West as a tour ship.
I’m currently looking for old photos of the Lanesvill and Rockport granite sloops and schooners as subject for another painting. There are plenty of photos of Maine coasters and granits ships, but scant few of the Cape Ann boats.
Thanks for posting this picture, Joe, and a big thanks for Good Morning Cloucester .com – a great way for me to keep in touch with the Cape Ann scene.