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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Clipper ships, general references.
- Brighton, Ray: Clippers of the Port of Portsmouth and the Men Who Built Them.
Peter E. Randall, Portsmouth, NH, 1984.
- Burgess, Robert H. ed.: The "Sea Serpent" Journal. Hugh McCulloch Gregory's Voyage around the World in a Clipper Ship, 1854-55.
University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1975.
- Chapelle, Howard I.: The Search for Speed under Sail 1700-1855.
Norton, New York, 1967. 8vo, xiv, 451 pp, ill., 16 plates.
- McGregor, David R.: British & American Clippers. A Comparison of their
Design, Construction and Performance in the 1850s.
Conway Maritime Press, London, 1993. 4to, 192 pp, ill.
- Howe, Octavious T. & Matthews, Frederick C.: American Clipper Ships.
1926. 8vo, xvi, 372 pp, 57 plates & x, pp 373-780, 57 plates.
Updated 2000-01-08 by Lars Bruzelius.
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