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Pembroke, Maine Schooner, George K. Hatch | Louis Roust | 1876
A 19th century watercolor ship portrait painting of the Pembroke, Maine built three masted schooner, George K. Hatch. The painting dates to 1876 and is the work of artist, Louis Roust. Nothing is known about the artist. The schooner, at 285 tons, was built in Pembroke in 1874 by either S.C. Foster or Aaron or A.& G. Frost. The schooner was named for a prominent resident and merchant of Pembroke, George K. Hatch, who was born in 1836. Hatch served in the American Civil War and then returned to Pembroke where he served as postmaster in 1870. He died in 1877, three years after the schooner named for him was built. James Murphy was master of the schooner from 1874 to 1878 and James Hardenbrook was master in 1886. In 1888 the ship was wrecked in the Caribbean Sea on Turks Island and in 1892 was subsequently sold, repaired and transferred to Saint John, New Brunswick and its name change to Alianza. The painting was secured at an auction in Los Angeles in 2021. There were a great many sailing vessels of all kinds built in this region, including in Pembroke, Maine, during the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Many of them had ship portrait paintings done of them, but unfortunately very few of these portraits survive in this region. This is why the Tides Institute felt it was important to secure the ship portrait of the schooner, George K. Hatch, when it came up for auction and see it brought back to this region. Photo caption: Watercolor painting (17” x 24”) of the schooner, George K. Hatch, by artist, Louis Roust. The schooner was built in Pembroke, Maine in 1874 and the painting dates to 1876. 19th century ship portrait of the Pembroke, Maine built three masted schooner, George K. Hatch. The watercolor painting dates to 1876 and is the work of artist, Louis Roust. The schooner was built in Pembroke in 1874. In 1888 the ship was wrecked in the Caribbean Sea on Turks Island and was subsequently sold, repaired and transferred to the British flag under the name Alianza. Painting was secured at an auction in Los Angeles in 2021.