A medium clipper ship built in 1854 by Donald McKay, East Boston. Her dimensions
were 202'×42'1"×28"5" and tonnage 1964 tons.
A sister ship to the Great Tasmania.
- Launched at the shipyard of Donald McKay, East Boston, MA. Sold while still on the stocks to James
Baines, Liverpool, for his Black Ball line of Australia clippers, for t£ 24.000.
- 1855 January 12
- Made her first Australian voyage.
- Equipped with Clifford's patent boat-lowering apparatus.
- 1856 February
- Left for the second Australian voyage which was completed in 72½ days.
- 1859 June 28 - Augst 23
- Sailed from the British Isles to Australia in 87 days.
- 1861 August - 1863 June
- Under command of Captain William Williams late of the Simla.
- 1861 August
- Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne.
- 1865 March 5
- Sailed from London to Queensland in 107 days.
- 1866 December
- Sold to Thompson & Harper, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, by
Barned's Bank after the failure of Baines & Co. in April 1866.
- 1869 August 27
- Caught fire with a cargo of coal from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
and was beached the next day near Bombay and burned to the water's edge.
- Clipper ships, general references.
- Clifford, Charles: How to Lower Ships' Boats. A treatise on the Dangers and Defects in the system at present in use, and their Remedy. To which is added A Description of new Improved Block, to be used for reducing and regulating
strain, in lowering heavy bodies, and for other purposes.
Simkin & Marshall, London, 1855.
Other editions 1858 and 1859.
- McKay, Richard: Some Famous Sailing Ships and Their Builder Donald
C.P. Putnam, New York, 1928. pp 292-295.
- Donald McLean: The New Packet Ship Commodore Perry
Boston Daily Atlas, 1854. September 30.
- Stammers: The Black Ball Line.
Teredo Books, Brighton, 1978. pp 338-341.
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