Captain Laban Howes
The Ship Orpheus painted 1861 - by William Gay Yorke - - There is a piece of paper attached to the back of the frame which reads as follows: "Ship Orpheus. In the spring of 1859 Capt. Laban Howes took command of the ship Orpheus of 1285 tons, owned by William F. Weld and Co., of Boston. April 8th he sailed from New York and arrived in San Francisco August 1st. he resigned from this ship in 1861."
"Late in 1841, Captain Laban Howes of Dennis took command of the Dalmatia, a 387-ton ship. After making several short voyages, he sailed from England in 1842, bound for Boston with a cargo of coal, linseed oil and other goods. While en route, his ship was overcome by a heavy gale and rough seas and thrown on her side. Both the mizzenmast and mainmast were lost. The crew worked to shift the cargo, and the ship though eventually righted was leaking badly. It took 15 hours of steady pumping to free the hold of water and oil. The next day, Captain Howes set what sail he could. A fishing sloop spotted the distressed ship and piloted it to safety. The Dalmatia was repaired and continued to sail for several years. Howes retained command until 1845" excerpt from "The Treasures of the Towns" on the Cahoon Museum of American Art site written by Audrey Harris