Bill Hubbard - Fine Artist

Bill Hubbard

Rock Hill, SC - United States








Bill Hubbard

Rock Hill, SC - United States

Bill Hubbard - Fine Artist

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February 11th, 2011







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About Bill Hubbard

Bill grew up in a fishing family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He specializes in marine art - seascapes and boats. He studied oil painting with Margaret Taylor, Robert Benham and also painted with Emil Gruppe in Gloucester, Ma. While living and painting on Cape Cod from 2002 to 2006 he was greatly influenced by the watercolor work of his friend, the late Anton Stetzko who induced him to try that media.

Bill lived and painted in Melbourne, Florida and was a member and Director of the Strawbridge Art League. While his early work was with oils and watercolor; he now works soley in the mixed-media of Acrylics, Pen & Ink.

Growing up in Gloucester, most of his paintings reflect that area’s famous tradition of sailing fishing and trading schooners. In recent years he has added working figures of fishermen and sailors to many of his paintings to help them tell a story of the era they represent. Much of his art features historic ships and scenes of Colonial America. Bill strives to tell a story with his paintings and frequently adds brief historic notes to their FAA descriptions.

Bill currently lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and paints historical scenes of early New England. south Atlantic, the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas. He lives with his wife, Therese A. Kraemer who is an artist and author of Romance Novels and poetry. He is presently working on paintings which portray the extensive sea-born trade that flourished between the ports of Charleston, SC and Gloucester, Ma. after the American Revolutionary War.

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Capt. Lawrence Dahlmer was the first child of Capt. Axel B. & Sophia M. Dahlmer and was the older brother of Capt. John A. Dahlmer. He was born in Leelanau, Michigan 23 Apr 1887 and died in Gloucester, Ma 10 Feb 1979. Here, from the Gloucester Dail... 

Wm.W. Dyers Amazing Navy Career

December 7th, 2012

Wm.W.Dyer was born in South Portland, Maine He enlisted in the US Navy in Portland Maine 4 Oct.1916. After 95 days he was promoted to Boatswain’s Mate 1st. He was promoted Chief Boatswain’s Mate after 239 days while serving on the USS Yankton. **... 

This narrative is taken wholly unedited from a letter dated 11-23-54 from Louis Kimball of Monterey, California to Mary Dahlmer and Bill Dyer. The Dyers were friendly with the Kimbals when Bill was stationed on the West Coast. Louis Kimball was a f... 

The Dahlmer Captains & Their Boats A biographical history of Dahlmer captains and their boats on the Great Lakes and out of Gloucester, Mass. 1846 to 1960’s by William Dahlmer Hubbard June 5, 2012 Part 1 - The Dahlmer Captains Axel B. Da... 

Captain Edward Weiderman was Captain John A. Dahlmer's brother-in-law, having married his sister Mary A in XXXX, The Weiderman's lived in Charlevoix, Mich and Edward fished out of that port. In 1912 he brought his family to Gloucester, Mass. along ... 

Reeling Up The Nets

May 11th, 2012

I'm sure the above is a familiar sight to anyone familiar with Gloucester's history but, look again. This isn't Gloucester. It's a picture from Charlevoix, Michigan taken in 1903. Gillnets were introduced to the Great Lakes before the Civil War. ... 

I have been re-writing "The Michigan Bears". The story first appeared in Gloucester Magazine in 1969 but I have retained the copyrights to it. The updated and expanded version will soon be available free as an eBook and will be downloaded here and ... 

This list of Dahlmer boats and their captains is in the order of when each boat was first acquired by the family. It is not complete and I hope to add pictures and more data on these old boats as time goes by. We may well find additional boats too.... 

The Michigan Bears

May 4th, 2012

The Michigan Bears by William D. Hubbard The fishing method of gill netting originated long ago in Norway but arrived in Gloucester only in 1910 and by a most roundabout route. In the hazy, humid pre-dawn of August 14, 1910, five small boats sli... 


April 28th, 2012

"Anna’s Umbrella or Sophia’s Adventure" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My brother Jay and I have spent a lot of time recently searching old records to find out more about our great, great, grandfather and grandmother, Axel B. & Sophia Dahlmer. Ja... 

William W. Dyer, a second generation descendant of Capt. John A. Dahlmer, made possible the rebuilding of America’s longest active Marine Railways in 2002 My first cousin, Bill Dyer was treasurer of the Gloucester Marine Heritage Center in its’ fo... 

I painted this scene from a photo that appeared on Google. There was no explanation as to where it was from. Having seen a similar photo on a Michigan website, I assumed that the picture was from MIchigan. My cousin, Larry Dahlmer found an old pos... 

Capt. John A. Dahlmer

April 13th, 2012

Here's a picture of my grandfather, Capt. John A. Dahlmer standing before the pilot house and surveying his newly-launched 110' Dragger, "Superior" in 1932. She was launched in Essex, Ma and her keel was laid by famous shipbuilder Arthur D. Story. ... 

Some of the old coasting schooners led very interesting lives. Such was the case of the three master, "Jennie M. Carter". She was built early in 1890 in Providence, RI where she made her home port and sailed from there as far south as New York nort... 

The Orion

April 13th, 2012

In 1913 Capt. John A. Dahlmer bought the steam yacht Orion from the estate of G.C.Conn in Detroit and brought her to Gloucester from New York City, NY. Her steam boiler was replaced by a gasoline engine and she was rigged for fishing. She worked a... 

The following is a true copy from an article clipped from the Cape May Bulletin that was not suitable for reproduction. It was sent to me yesterday by my cousin Ruth Dahlmer Olson MACKEREL FLEET PUTS TO SEA FROM CAPE MAY, New Jersey ----- Landl... 

My great, grandfather, Axel B. Dahlmer left his home in Helsingborh, Sweden to follow the sea. Like many young men in Sweden at the time, he bacame a seaman on merchant ships sailing between european ports and the United States. Eventually he immi... 

Here’s a very interesting GD Times piece which shows where many of the gillnetters were headquartered and owners of some of the boats in 1911 Picture is Capt. John A. Dahlmer's gas gillnetter, Rough Rider in Manitowoc Wis. Harbor about where she was... 

Superior Goes To War

March 12th, 2012

"Superior's" Naval Service in World War II My grandfather was Capt. John A. Dahlmer of Gloucester, MA. During his long career as a commercial fisherman he owned a number of boats, the last of which was the 110’ dragger, “Superior”. She was launche... 

The Dahlmer family fished the steamers John Smith and Geo. E. Fisher on the great lakes prior to bringing their new gillnetter, Margaret D and the Rough Rider East in 1911. Prior to building Margared D., Capt. John A. Dahlmer had sold the steamer... 

Capt. John A. Dahlmer

February 13th, 2012

This picture is of Capt. John A. Dahlmer standing in front of his home on Hovey St. in Gloucester. Probably taken after his retirement in the late 1940s 

Painting Family History

December 20th, 2011

My mother's family were commercial fishermen. The emigrated from Charlevoix, MI to Gloucester MA in 1910 and helped to found the gillnet fishery in the later port. Grandpa held an unlimited 100 ton licence to operate ships in any waters and was a... 

Hubbard History Genealogy Blog

December 20th, 2011

Hubbard History Blog The history of the Hubbard Family from St.Savoirs, Isle of Jersey, England to the present with special emphasis on its' beginnings in America in 1690. Herein is the documented history of the Hubbard family from 1553 on the I... 

My brother, Jay and cousin Larry Dahlmer and I are forever seeking new information about the Dahlmer family and their boats as a reader to this blog must surely know. A few days ago, Jay sent me listings from the Annual List of Merchant Vessels in t... 

Art I appreciate

October 5th, 2011

Over the years I have collected a few paintings which I really enjoy. I have an oil by Emil Gruppe, another by Ruth Hagstrom and two really old oils by Maria V. Listz. The latter is shown above and listed on my website and also above. It is a scen... 

Now, I don't know why I didn't think to do this in June. On June 8, when my first cousin Larry A. Dahlmer was featured in an article on Good Morning Gloucester by EJ Lefevre along with this picture and several others. You can see the entire article a... 

The last U.S. Space Ship - Space Shuttle Atlantis will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL on July 8. Atlantis will carry our astronauts to the International Space Station to conduct experiments. When she returns in a week... 

Space Shuttle Endeavor will return from the International Space Station to Cape Canaveral this week. Then, she will be retired and put on display somewhere in the US. That will leave us with just one shuttle and Atlantis is scheduled for her last f... 

Harbor of Refuge

May 1st, 2011

I had fun creating my painting of the harbor of Sandy Bay in Rockport, Ma. as I envision it would have looked in the early 1900s. Those familiar will recognize the breakwater and that the closest building on the pier to the left is today's famous Mi... 

I like to paint real ships doing what they were designed to do and rigged the way they were rigged to do it. Fishing vessels fishing, coasting schooners trading, racing sloops racing. I most often paint historic ships like Gloucester Fishing Schoon... 

Why I paint

February 14th, 2011

I paint to express my feelings about things that are important to me. I like to express history in my paintings. I grew up and lived in Gloucester, Mass.; America's oldest commercial fishing port. My mother's family were commercial fishermen; fir...