two famous clippers were built in Mystic
in 1855 and 1853. The Andrew Jackson was
built for capacity and speed and set a world
record of 15days from New York to Liverpool.
The David Crockett served for 46 years and
was one of the most successful ships built
in an American shipyard.
1866, the Ariel and Taeping left Foochow,
China for a 16,000 mile race to the English
Channel. They commenced their voyage on
the same tide and after months of hard sailing
entered the Channel on the same day. The
race was voted a draw and they shared the
was built in 1869 in New York Bay by Capt.
Bob Fish. She followed in the wake of the
yacht "America" and raced in England.
Enchantress is seen here ghosting along
New York Bay, passing Constitution. Constitution
was known as Old Ironsides and was a training
ship for apprentices in the late 1870s.
Limited Edition lithographs printed in Paris
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2000 ton Lightning was a clipper in every
sense of the word. During her years at sea
she not only became one of the most popular
passenger carriers on the Australia run,
but she set a world record for a sailing
ship; 436 miles on one day. The Nightingale
can be seen on the right.
- During the Great Tea Race of 1872, after
departing the Shanghai River on June 18,
Thermopylae and Cutty Sark passed and re-passed
each other on the run up to and across the
Indian Ocean, until the Cutty Sark lost
her rudder in a gale. The Thermopylae raced
home to win. Cutty Sark returned 7 days
later after making and fitting a new rudder
at sea in stormy conditions.
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