A four-masted medium clipper barque built in 1853 by Donald McKay, East Boston, on speculation. Rigged with Forbes' double topsail yards , (at 4,555 tons) was the largest wooden ship ever built. launched Oct 4 1853 she was 102 m (334 ft) long, has 53 feet extreme breadth of beam, and 39 depth of hold, icluding 4 complete decks. The height between her spar and upper decks is 7 feet, and between the others 8 feet; and her four masts carried more than 0.6 hectares (1.5 acres) of canvas. Soon after her launching she caught fire and was rebuilt with a smaller rig.
Some of the passages in 1855 February sailed from New York to Liverpool in 13 days. Sailed from New York to San Fransico in 92 days. 1869 JanuarySold to the Merchants Trading Company of Liverpool and renamed Denmark and put in the East India Trade. 1872 Sprang a leak in a hurricane off Bermuda en route from Rio de Janeiro to St. John, NB, and was abandoned with 15 feet of water in the hold
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Picture is part of Peabody collection the Oil 17 3/8 x 23 3/8 in., signed: J.E. Buttersworth, ca. 1853. Built 1853, East Boston, Mass., 3,356 tons. For larger picture Great Republic Painting
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Donald McKay and His Famous Sailing Ships; Richard C. McKay; Paperback; $12.55
Book News, Inc., 09/01/96:
McKay (1810-1880) was a 19th century ship-building genius who brought the American clipper ship and other vessels to what some consider the acme of perfection. This is an unabridged and slightly altered republication of the work originally published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, in 1928 under the title Some Famous Sailing Ships and Their Builder Donald McKay which was written by one of the great builder's descendants. Includes 58 b&w illustrations and four in color. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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