Clipper Ship Portrait Stolen From Maine Residence

WOOLWICH, MAINE — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a report of a stolen painting, believed to be the work of William Gay Yorke (American, 1817–1892) from a private residence in March. A suspect in the case is said to have possibly sold the painting, valued at $25/30,000, to a dealer or collector in the Massachusetts area who was probably unaware the painting was stolen, according to Detective Adam Temple, who is investigating the case.

Depicted in the painting is a black three-masted clipper ship with an American flag located on the rearmost mast and another flag, possibly that of Denmark, on the top of the middle mast. In the background there are several other ships at a distance, as well as Thatcher’s Island, which is located off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.

There have been conflicting opinions as to whether this piece is actually a Yorke or the work of RB Spencer.

Anyone who has seen this painting or has information about it is asked to contact Detective Temple at 207-386-5827 or 207-751-5168, referencing incident number 13-010527.




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