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HOWARD D. TROOP

A four-masted steel barque built in 1892 by R. Duncan & Co., Greenock for Troop & Son, Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Dimensions: 88,76×12,85×7,31 meters [291'3"×42'2"×24'0"] and tonnage: 2165 GRT and 2080 NRT.
Rigged with royal sails over double top and topgallant sails.

Later name: Annie M. Reid (1914)

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A nice action shot. She is as far up in the wind as she will go, the fore lower topsail is shivering, close to being aback.

I see that even Furrer and Bruzelius claims she had double topgallants, but she has only single topgalants here, and she is so rigged in all other photographs of her on the net. However, in a pair of painted portraits she sports three skysails, and taking the skysails for royals, she might look as if she had double topgallants. Double topgallants though has no stay between the upper and lower topgalant, and the stay betwen the single topgallants and the royals are in the painting easily observable.
https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MCR/article/view/17336/22675
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/StateLibQld_1_134122_Annie_M._Reid_%28ship%29.jpg
According to those two paintings she caried skysails both as Howard D. Troop and Annie M. Reid. But if she did, then one would expect her to have carried them all through the time she was named Howard D. Troop, and no photograph on the net indicates she did.

There was another, earlier Howard D. Troop, this one was built in Saint John, Canada in 1871 and was lost when she dragged her anchor in a gale on Mary Island in the Phoenix group in 1885. I have not seen any picture of this ship, but she cannot have been a four poster.
 

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Here images of the first Howard D. Troop:
http://collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca/scripts/search_results.php?Lang=1&artist=01126
 

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That is a yacht or a pilot boat, she could not be the one who loaded guano in Mary Island, and there was blown ashore on the 5th of January 1885. According to the Wrecksite, this was a full rigged ship: https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?34411 Maybe your vessel arrived as number three with that name.

I just picked up this sentence on the net: Robie McLeod also designed and built the famous Pilot Boat, Howard D. Troop... - But at what date? Never mind, I was interested in comparing the two square riggers.
 

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