Ship Portrait of the U.S. Shipping Board Tugboat "Baldrock", 1921, L.A. Erhman

Large ship portrait of the United States Shipping Board Tug Baldrock. The painting is 42 x 29 inches in its frame and weighs probably 15-20 pounds. The painting is housed in an excellent antique carved oak frame. It is signed and dated lower right, "L. A. Erhman, 1921." The painting has been relined to a new stretcher. There is very heavy craquelure through out the sky, which probably resulted right after painting as a result of the artist's paint mix. In my own opinion, the crackle gives the portrait character, and doesn't detract from the painting at all.

About the ship: Steel single screw tug launched 20 November 1918 as hull no. 2119 at Elizabeth, NJ, by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation for the United States Shipping Board, the early predessor to today's U.S. Maritime Administration. 142 feet in length, 425 gross tons. The painting is possibly set (and possibly even painted) in Bermuda, where the tug was stationed from 1921 to 1925. The house flag and funnel probably show the markings of the Southern Transportation Company, who operated her for the USSB. On September 22, 1921, she went aground at St. Georges, Bermuda with her stern submerged as a result of a hurricane but was successfully repaired and refloated. She was subsequently sold to the U.S. & Bermuda Towing Company in 1922. On December 7, 1923, the
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