An extreme clipper ship built by Donald McKay,
East Boston, for the Black Ball Line of Liverpool.
Dimensions: 226'×44'9"×29' and
tonnage: 2275 RT.
The figurehead was a likeness of James Baines in tailcoat and top hat carved by Mr Dodd of the Allan and Clotworthy's yard.
- 1854 July 25
- Launched at the shipyard of Donald McKay, East
Boston, for the Black Ball Line (James Baines) of Liverpool.
- 1854 September 12 - September 24
- The passage from the Boston Light to the Rock Light off Liverpool which took 12 days, 6 hours, is still the sailing ship record. Captain Charles McDonnell, late of the same owner's clipper ship Marco Polo, was in command.
- 1854 December 9 - February 12
- The premier sailing from Liverpool to Melbourne took 65 days or 63½ days to Hobson's Bay.
- 1855 March 11 - May 20
- Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 69 ½ days.
A 420 miles day's run was achieved during the homeward passage.
- 1855 August 5 - October 23
- Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 79 days.
- Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 95 days.
- 1856 April 7 - June 24
- Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 78 days. Logged 21 knots with main skysail set on June 17 at 44°S, 106°E.
- 1856 August 7 - November 20
- Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 105 days.
- 1857 January 5 - March 23
- Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 77 days.
- A page from the diary of Alfred Withers, one of the passengers, which is preserved at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
- This was her last Australia passage after which she was
chartered by the British Government for carring troops to India.
- 1857 May 16 - July 30
- Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 75 days.
- 1857 August 8 - November 19
- Sailed from Portsmouth to Calcutta in 103 days.
- 1858 April 22
- Caught fire and burnt to the water's edge during discharging of a cargo consisting of jute, linseed and cowhides in the Huskinsson Dock, Liverpool.
The Illustrated London News gave a report from the fire.
- 1858 July 23
- The remains of the ship were abandoned as a total loss and were sold for £ 1080 to Mr Robert Pace, Liverpool, a shipowner who rebuilt the damaged hull into a coal barge.
- Collided with the barque William at Galway, Ireland.
- Still mentioned in the Liverpool Register. Surveyed by Lloyd's prior to being towed to Alexandria.
The final fate of the ship is unknown.
- Clipper ships, general references.
- Howe, Octavius T. & Matthews, Fredric C.: American Clipper
Argosy Antiquarian, New York, 1967/1926.
- McKay, Richard: Some Famous Sailing Ships and Their Builder
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1928.
- McLean, Duncan: The New Clipper James Baines.
The Boston Daily Atlas,
Vol. XXIII, No. 53, Friday, September 1, 1854.
Reprinted in NRJ Vol. 25, pp 33-35.
- Stammers, Michael K.: The Passage Makers.
Teredo Books, Brighton, 1978.
Updated 1997-03-18 by Lars Bruzelius.
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