Red Jacket

An extreme clipper ship built in 1853 by George Thomas, Rockland, ME, to the design of Samuel H. Pook. Dimenions: 251'2"×44'×31' and tonnage 2305 tons.

Named after the Indian chief Sagoyewatha of the Seneca tribe.

1853 November 2
Launched at the shipyard of George Thomas, Rockland, ME, for Seacomb & Taylor, Boston.
1854 January 11 - January 23
Sailed from New York to Liverpool in 13 days, 1 hour and 25 minutes, a record which stands to this day. The best day's distance was 413 miles and the poorest 106 miles. The first master was Captain Asa Eldridge late of the Dramatic Line's packet Roscius.
Chartered by the White Star Line.
1854 May 4 - July 12
Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 67 days and 13 hours under command of Captain Samuel Reid. Sailed 400 miles on July 6. Was in company with the clipper ship Mermaid off Oporto. The Mermaid, which had sailed from London on May 3, arrived to Melbourne after a passage of 74½ days.
1854 August 3 - October 15
Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 73 days. Rounded the Cape Horn 20 days out on August 23 and was 41 days to the Equator.
Purchased by Pilkington & Wilson for the White Star Line for £ 30.000.
1855 September 20 - December 4
Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 75 days under command of Captain Milward.
1856 January 12 - April 8
Sailed from Melbourne to Liverpool in 86 days.
1856 May 20 - August 13
Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 83 [85] days.
1860 January 27
Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 84 days.
1860 May 6 - May 17
Sailed from Melbourne to Auckland in 12 days.
The owner is recorded as Wilson & Chambers, Liverpool.
1871 January 20
Lost her jibboom in a collision at the Downs.
Collided with and sank the Eliza Walker. The entire crew of the latter ship was saved.
Reduced to a coalbarge at the Cape Verde Islands.
Was put in the trans-Atlantic Quebec timber trade during her last active years.



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