It was the good ship ‘Chesperus’
That sailed the wintry sea,
And Chesper had taken Herbert W. Cobb
To bear him company.
The poem above is written on the back of the photograph, and while it is a little cryptic (did Herbert W. Cobb take the picture from his own boat? is Chesper the name of Chester Fuller’s dog?), it lends a special air of mystery to another great dog portrait from the Local History Room Collections.