Loretta Krupinski is a maritime painter living in South Thomaston. Her focus is preserving Maine Maritime History mostly along the Mid-Coast area. Working from old black and white photographs is challenging but the fun part is bringing the painting to life with oils in color. (For relaxation in her studio she occasionally works on a painting of today’s waterfront.)
Every painting tells a story and personalizes the subjects which vary from lighthouses, fishing, shipbuilding, etc. along the shores and on the islands. Along the way, we all learn what happened in the past.
She will give a power point presentation including historical paintings, some black and white historical photos and several of her original paintings.
Ms. Krupinski has also authored a coffee table book “Looking Astern” featuring many of her paintings, several black and white photos all with many stories and of course history.
Her paintings were exhibited at the Statehouse in Augusta. This year she was selected to exhibit at The National Maritime History Society program in Washington D.C. at the historical Mayflower Hotel on April 25, 2018.
“James E. Newsom” was built at Boothbay Harbor, Maine at East Coast Ship Co. She was 178” long and launched on August 23, 1919.
A merchant vessel, her first passage was carrying 700,000 of lumber from her home port in Boston to Buenos Aires in 67 days. Other ports varied from New York, Lunenburg, Canada, England and the West Indies. Sold in 1928, she sailed under the British flag. Drama on the high seas was a constant threat with many storms and groundings for the “James E. Newsom”.
She sailed up to 1942 when she was sunk by a German submarine off Nova Scotia.
The painting tells the passage of time from the beginning of the end for merchant schooners. The sleek yacht of the 20s represents the beginning of the future. Costs of labor and materials were high for large schooners and gasoline was discovered. Sails came down, steamship stacks went up. A new maritime history was being written.
Winter History Series co-Sponsored by the Camden- Rockport Historical Society.
Featured Photo: “Normandy Under Way”