The Gloucester Schooner Elsie
The schooner “Elsie” was designed by Capt. Tom McManus of Boston, being launched on May 9, 1910. She was delivered to her owners, the Atlantic Maritime In 1916, she was sold to Capt. Alden Geele and the Gorton-Pew Fisheries of Gloucester. In 1921, the “Elsie” rescued the crew of the “Esperento” on Sable Island and landed them in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The “Elsie became known as one of the finest fishing schooners ever built, becoming a big money maker for her owners. With the loss of the “Esperanto”, she became the first contender in the International Cup Races. On January 19, 1935, the “Elsie” began to leak in heavy seas and strong northerly winds and sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Capt. Kearly and crew in two dories finally reached St. Pierre two days later. The paint-ing depicts the “Elsie returning to Gloucester from a fishing trip on the “Banks”. Down To Earth Art and Mr. Wright are producing a Limited Edition giclée canvas from the original oil on canvas. Although a relatively new process, the exceptional colour, detail and longevity of giclée prints makes them the choice of collectors. Even the Louvre Museum in Paris uses the giclée process to reproduce priceless art when the original can’t be safely displayed. Down To Earth Art’s suppliers of the canvas giclées use only acid-free archival artist’s canvas, and pigmented based inks to produce an unsurpassed quality. Age accelerated tests have shown that the pigmented inks are able to maintain their brilliance for 120 years. The canvases are sealed with a UV resistant varnish, making it moisture resistant and to further prolong the ink life. These are not to be confused with canvas transfers, where the image is striped from the print and then mounted on canvas. All J. Franklin Wright images are protected by copyright – no copies of any form are permitted.