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.;
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
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
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!