THE CLIPPER SHIP FLYING FISH, Capt. Nickels, now loading in Glidden & Williams' line of California packets, is in beautiful order, both below and aloft, and in her general outline has more of the light, airy grace of a clipper, combined with the bold, stately contour of a ship of war, than any vessel of her size we ever saw. She has performed three voyages around the world, by the way of San Francisco and Manila, and, although very heavily sparred, has not yet carried away a single yard or mast; her hull has only been caulked once, and her yellow metal sheathing this far has lasted two voyages. The interior of her hull is pure and clean as when she was launched, owing to Emerson's Ventilators, and the care of her able and experienced commander. Capt. Nickels has always deservedly enjoyed the reputation of being one of the neatest men in taking care of ship that can be found anywhere. When he commanded the John Q. Adams she was the pride of the port, not only for her superior neatness, but the rapidity of her passages; and in the Flying Fish he nobly sustains his early reputation. In her passages to San Francisco, taking their mean time combined, she is ahead even of the Flying Cloud, although the latter still heads the list as having made the shortest passage. As the Flying Fish will not be so deeply laden this time as she has been before, her able commander entertains hopes of making her rank first. We advise every one who desires to see a perfect ship to call and inspect her.

Boston Daily Atlas, August 28, 1854.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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