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Flying Cloud

Clipper Ship

Flying Cloud
Flying Cloud
Macgregor, Robert
32 in. x 23 in.
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Clipper (3m). L/B/D: 235 40.8 21.3 (71.6m 12.4m 6.5m). Tons: 1,782 om. Hull: wood. Built: Donald McKay, East Boston, Mass.; 1851.
In the early days of the California gold rush, it took more than 200 days for a ship to travel from New York to San Francisco, a voyage of more than 16,000 miles. In 1851, however, a clipper called the Flying Cloud made the same journey in only 89 days, a headline-grabbing world record that the Cloud itself beat three years later (and that would not then be broken until 1989).

The Flying Cloud's achievement was remarkable under any terms. But, writes David W. Shaw, it was all the more unusual because its navigator was a woman, Eleanor Creesy, who had been studying oceanic currents, weather phenomena, and astronomy since her girlhood in Marblehead, Massachusetts. With her husband, ship captain Josiah Perkins Creesy, she logged many thousands of miles on the ocean, traveling around the world carrying passengers and goods. In the wake of their record-setting transit from New York to California, Eleanor and Josiah became instant celebrities. But their fame was short-lived and their story quickly forgotten. Josiah died in 1871, Flying Cloud burned to the waterline in 1874, and Eleanor lived far from the sea until her death in 1900.

Though spotty in its documentation and full of invented dialog, Flying Cloud is a spirited and capable reconstruction of the clipper's voyage, and an interesting glimpse into the days of the tall ships. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title


All Sail Set is a gripping novel and one of the best sea yarns ever written. It tells the story of Enoch Thatcher, who sails with the renowned skipper Josiah "Perk" Creesy on the maiden voyage of the legendary Flying Cloud, the clipper that set the record 'round the Horn. What sets All Sail Set apart from most sea tales is its unerring accuracy; it has the ring of truth. Coupled with Armstrong Sperry's detailed, vigorous drawings, this is a realist and riveting narrative that will keep even landlubbers pegged to their seats!

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