Alice Louisa Starboard view of a black hulled two masted sailing vessel, "Alice Louisa", in full sail. Flying Union, Red Ensign and signal flags. In the background are other sailing craft and chalk cliffs. Wood frame. The Alice Louisa was a barque/schooner, built at Selby in 1868 for J Rhodes and registered at Goole. Captain Edward Willmott was her first master and became her owner in about 1883. A romantic story was connected with the vessel at this time; Wilmott had taken the boat up the Ouse on business and met the 18 year old Miss Dellamotte Lilford at Thorne. After a short courtship they married and spent the next four years together on the Alice Louisa. Mrs Wilmott even took her turn at steering the vessel. Settling down in Goole, the couple had five sons, four of whom became ships captains. In 1901, the Alice Louisa was stranded and lost off the Lincolnshire coast whilst carrying a cargo of pipe clay from Poole to Goole. The painting was donated to the museum by a descendant of Captain Wilmott.
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