FOR SAN FRANCISCO. — The magnificent clipper ship Staffordshire is now receiving freight rapidly for San Francisco, and nearly all her accommodations for passengers have been already engaged. She is the largest ship belonging to Boston, and is nearly of the same model as the beautiful clipper Flying Cloud, with, perhaps, more buoyancy of floor. We saw her often while in the course of construction, and have therefore no hesitation in stating, that, for excellence of materials, strength and completeness of workmanship, she is all that a ship ought to be. Built for the Atlantic trade, more than usual care was bestowed in her construction, hence the massive knees, pointers and beams, which bind her together. She is, emphatically, one of the strongest clippers afloat. We state these facts for the information of those, who wish to take passage or ship freight, in a first class vessel. She is now having her spread of canvass increased, by transferring the yards from the main to the fore, and by having new yards of great spread for the main. The diameters and lengths of the topmasts and topgallant masts are also increased. As she was rigged snug and low for the Atlantic trade, now that she has taken her legitimate place among the first of clippers, an increase of canvass, suitable for the trade, was necessary. And nobly will she bear it -- for she has the breadth of beam and the strength of hull to stand up while her canvass endures. Her unrivalled accommodations, the high honor of her owners and agents, for performing what they promise, taken in connection with her superior sailing qualities, render her a most desirable means of conveyance for passengers. Capt. Brown, who superintended her outfits when new, and who has commanded her ever since, on account of precarious health, has resigned the command of her to Capt. Richardson, formerly of the Staghound. Capt. R. is well acquainted with the trade -- is a driver of the swiftest school, and every inch a sailor and a gentleman. With such a commander, taking into consideration the increase of her canvass, we expect that she will make a very rapid passage. Messrs. Glidden & Williams are loading her with their accustomed despatch.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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