A clipper packet ship built in 1851 by Donald McKay, East Boston, MA. Dimensions 230'×41'×29' and 1817 tons old measurement. A likeness of a witch was carried as figurehead.

1851 June 17
Launched at the shipyard of Donald McKay, East Boston, MA, for Enoch Train & Co.'s White Diamond Line of Boston and Liverpool Packets. Captain Albert H. Brown.
Sailed from Boston to Liverpool in 14 days, 18 hours. The abstract log was printed the Boston Daily Atlas, January 13, 1852.
Command of the ship was given to Captain Josiah Richardson previously of the Stag Hound.
1852 May 3 - August 13
Sailed from Boston to San Francisco in 102 days. The clipper ship Shooting Star, 903 tons, which left Boston on the same day arrived at San Francisco after passage of 105 days.
Sailed from San Francisco to Singapore in 51 days.
Sailed from Singapore to Calcutta in 21 days.
1853 January 25 - April 20
Sailed from Sands Head, Calcutta, to Boston in 84 days which was the record for the passage at the time.
1853 December 9
Left Liverpool for Boston with 214 persons onboard including the crew.
1853 December 24
The rudderhead was sprung in a heavy gale and the bowsprit was carried away the next day and bring down the foremast with it.
1853 December 29
Struck on Blonde Rock at Seal Islands, Cape Sable. Captain Richardson and 169 others lost their life when the ship went down. She was valued at $120.000 at the time of shipwreck.


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