Sea Serpent

An extreme clipper ship built in 1850 by George Raynes, Portsmouth, NH. Dimensions 194'6"×39'3"×20'8" and tonnage 1337 tons OM, 975 tons NM.

1850 November 20
Launched at the shipyard of George Raynes, Portsmouth, NH, for Grinnell, Minturn & Co., New York.
1851 January 11
Sailed from New York to San Francisco in 125 days after having had to put into Valparaiso eight days for repairs. Captain William Howland.
1851 October 16
Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 100 days.
1852 October 4
Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 88 days. This was the fastest passage of the year.
1853 February 11 - June 1
Sailed from New York to San Francisco in 110 days.
1853 September 10 - December 20
Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 101 days. The 29 days passage from Whampoa to Anjer was the fastest made that season.
1854 November 5 - February 15
Sailed from Shanghai to New York in 102 days.
Captain J.D. Whitmore.
1856 January 3
Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 79 days.
1859 June 19
Sailed from Foochow with a cargo of tea for London where she arrived after 130 days.
Captain Thorndike.
Captain Winsor.
Captain Jeremiah D. White.
1874 May
Sold to Chr. Christophersen, Norwegian consul in New York, for $ 19 000.
1875 May
Sold to Th. O. Olsen et al., T°nsberg, Norway for $22.500 and was renamed Progress.
1879 June 24
Sailed from New York to London and passed Gravesend on July 11, after 17 days.
Sold to Lorentz Rafen, Holmestrand, for NOK 48 000,
1891 June 12
Abandoned at sea in 46° N, 40°W on voyage from Quebec to Dublin with a cargo of timber. The crew of seventeen, which has left the ship in the boats, was picked up by the bark Gulnare.
1891 October 8
The drifting wreck was reported having been sigthed in position 45°N, 24°W by the barque Ardgowan.


Updated 2000-01-08 by Lars Bruzelius.

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