Oil Painting of Cargo & Passenger Ship HIBUERAS, Early 20th Century

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The cargo and passenger steamship HIBUERAS was one of a pair of fruit boats built in 1920 by the Standard Shipbuilding Corp. of Shooter’s Island, NY. They were constructed for the Cuyamel Fruit Company of New Orleans, LA, which was purchased by the United Fruit Company while the vessels were under construction. The sister ships measured 235 ft. in length by 34 ft. beam and 1,445 tons, and they had triple expansion steam engines developing 1,150 HP. HIBUERAS had ten passenger staterooms for up to 30 passengers and transported fruit from the West Indies. Its sister ship NICARO was torpedoed off Florida in May 1945, but HIBUERAS survived WW2 only to be disposed of for scrap in December 1945.
Marine artist and model ship builder Joseph A. Wilhelm (1923-2003) painted this portrait of HIBUERAS in 1992.
date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
wood (frame material)
frame: 7 1/2 in x 10 9/16 in x 3/4 in; 19.05 cm x 26.82875 cm x 1.905 cm
painting: 6 in x 9 in; 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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