Mystery schooner surfaces in Cornwall

'Anne & Mary of Fraserburgh'
'Anne & Mary of Fraserburgh'

An auction house in Penzance is hoping Fraserburgh readers can provide them some vital information on a painting of a Broch schooner.

A fine ship portrait of the 19th century schooner ‘Anne & Mary’ is set to go under the hammer next Thursday at WH Lane & Son.

Graham Bazley of the auctioneers contacted the Herald seeking help in providing more information about the painting/.

He told us: “This painting is of good quality being painted in gouache, watercolour with pencil lining which is typical of the materials used by ‘pierhead painters’.

“Artists of this genre hung around the docks and harbours of the UK and abroad and painted ship portraits.

“These were done at speed but nonetheless were of quality and very accurate in detail.

“The artist sought an instant sale to the captain or crew members with often just a 24-hour turnaround between docking and sailing.

“We would like to appeal to Fraserburgh Herald readers for any information on the schooner which is inscribed ‘Anne & Mary of Fraserburgh – Captain James Anderson’.

“We have searched in vain for any details of the fine ship but so far have drawn a blank.

“The painting is believed to have been executed in the late 19th Century by an unknown pierhead artist.

“We would be very grateful if any of your readers were able to throw a light on the history of the schooner,” said Mr Bazley.

“Information on the ship builder and the shipping line would be extremely helpful and also if anyone has any information on Captain Anderson.

“There may be descendants or relatives of Captain Anderson who can fill in the details.

“We would be very pleased if anyone can fill in the blanks on this little piece of Fraserburgh history.”

Anyone with information about the painting should contact WH Lane on 01736 361447.