Emile Albert Gruppe “The Henry Ford Schooner” Early painting of Gloucesters most famous fishing and racing schooner.
Oil on canvas
Measures: Canvas 25-30 inches
Frame 31-36 inches
Condition: Excellent. Unlined. No cracking, damage or repairs. Small paint splatter on top of “A” of signature, Very minimal in paint. Cleaned and ready to hang.
Capt. Morrissey took command of the 140ft schooner Henry Ford in 1922 and sailed her “out o’ Gloucester” for six years until she met her doom off the west coast of Newfoundland in June of 1926. The Henry Ford had a reputation though for speed under sail and she was chosen as the fitting rival to the schooner Bluenose for the international races (against Canada) in October. Amongst some controversy the Ford eventually lost to the Bluenose and the trophy went to back Canada. A fishermen’s race in honour of the tercentenary celebration of Gloucester was held in August 1923, when the Ford again commanded by Capt. Morrissey took the honours from her local contenders. Captain Morrisey skippered again in the international races again in 1923 and 1926, but never succeeded in beating the Canadian contender.