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THE COLONIAL CLIPPERS by Basil Lubbock
 
Clipper Sailing Ships
 
The Power of Gold
Emigrant Ships to Australia in the Forties.
Report on Steerage Conditions in 1844.
The Discovery of Gold in Australia
Melbourne and its Shipping 1851-2
 
Aviemore 
Blue Jacket
Centurion 
Champion of the Seas 
Cutty Sark
Donald Mackay
Ethiopian
Heather Bell 
James Baines
Jerusalem 
John Bunyan
Maid of Judah
Nineveh
Orient 
Red Jacket
Schimberg
Thyatira 
 
Walter Hood
White Star
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tall Ships 2007 Wall Calendar

 

 

BLUE JACKET

 

The Blue Jacket came from the well-known yard of R. E. Jackson in East Boston, the other two ships being Nova Scotian built. It arrived in the Mersey on 20th October, 1854, having made the run from Boston, land to land, in 12 days 10 hrs. The Blue Jacket on her arrival was bought by James John Frost, of London, and put on the berth for Melbourne as one of the Fox Line of packets, the other two being owned by the White Star Line.

In looking at old pictures and prints of these American built ships, several points in their construction seem to have been common to all, such as the semi-elliptical stern, the bowsprit built into the sheer, the large wheelhouse aft, etc; their figure=heads, also, were generally most elaborate full-length figures and did not grow out of the bow in the graceful way of the British-built, but seemed to be plastered upon it. And from Marco Polo to Donald Mackay, these soft-wood clippers had more the appearance of strength and power that of grace and beauty, though the famous Red Jacket was an exception, being an extremely taking ship to the eye.

The Blue Jacket, however, was of the powerful type, and extremely like the Mackey ships in appearance. She was designed to stow a large cargo, having a full midship section, but her bow was long and sharp enough.

Her chief measurements were:

 

Length of Keel

205 ft

Length between Perpendiculars

220 ft

Length Overall

235 ft

Beam

41.6 ft

Depth of Hold

24 ft

Registered Tonnage

1700 tons

 

Her poop was 80 ft long and 7 ft high, and she had 8 ft of height between decks. She had the usual accommodation arrangements, two points only being perhaps worth noting; the first was a line of plate glass portholes running the length of her ‘tween decks, and the second was an iron water tank to hold 7000 gallons.

The Blue Jacket sailed for Melbourne on the 6th of March, 1855, in charge of Captain Underwood, and made a magnificent run out of 69 days. She further distinguished herself at a later date by making the homeward run in

 
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