Alicia J Stonebreaker

Hesper and Luther Little, Wiscasset, Maine

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Alicia would sit and either sketch, oil paint, or work with watercolor in front of these two famous schooners that were moored one hour north of her art studio in Brunswick, Maine. She captured this classic scene perfectly with her use of perspective and detail. These two schooners were subjected to powerful daily currents from the tidal action. Observe how Alicia drew the water currents and reflections on the water around the two spectacular old boats.

History of the Wiscasset, Maine Schooners

The four masted schooners Hesper and Luther Little were laid up at Wiscasset in 1932. Here they remained, rotting and becoming artist favorites, until their old hulls had deteriorated into eyesores. In 1998 they were demolished and removed from the tidal flats of ee Wiscasset.

Luther Little was built in 1917 at Read Brothers Co., Somerset, MA. She sailed both in the coastal and deep-water trades early in her career. In 1920 she grounded in Haiti, remained stuck for two weeks, and nearly sunk. She was rescued soon after by a group of brave sailers. By the mid 1920's the 1234 ton schooner was laid up. In June of1932 she was auctioned to Frank Winter. The four masted schooner was towed to Wiscasset and laid up alongside the railroad wharf. She never moved again.

Hesper was built by Crowninshild Shipbuilding, South Somerset, MA. Her career started poorly, as the launching ways collapsed beneath her on launching day, July 4,1918. New ways were built and she finally reached the water on August 23. The 1348 ton schooner made several lengthy voyages, including runs to Spain and Venezuela. In 1925 she grounded while entering Boston and required nine tugs to free her. Sometime in the following years she was laid up at Rockport, Maine. In January of 1928 she got loose in a storm, demolished a wharf, and landed on the beach. She was hauled off and eventually ended up in Portland, Maine. In June of 1932 she was sold to Frank Winter for $600. She was towed to Wiscasset, arriving September 1, 1932 to join theLuther Little.

About Our Prints

The giclée prints are produced on high quality archival materials: Breathing Color Elegance Velvet Platinum Fine Art Paper - A 310gsm, bright white, fine art paper with a lightly textured vellum surface; a 100% cotton fiber paper offering a better color gamut and D-Max than any other velvet surface paper on the market.

Stretched Canvas Prints

We offer 3/4" solid hardwood stretcher bars with back staple. Prints are on Breathing Color Chromata white , acid free, cotton-poly blend matte artist stretch canvas. All stretched prints are protected with a matte finish archival UV varnish. If you prefer semi gloss or gloss please let us know.

Matting and Framing

If you prefer to have your giclée print framed and matted by our Gallery please let us know. We will provide you with a fair price and adjust the shipping charges to reflect the mat, frame, and glass. We would be pleased to perform this work for you.


The original painting is in a private collection

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