, the Herald of the Morning, out of the eighteen that made the passage to San Francisco in less than 100 days, yet in proportion to the number built the Medford clipper ships made more fast records than the average.
The Herald of the Morning made the trip in 99 days
The record passage was made in 89 days, twice by the Flying Cloud and once by the Andrew Jackson. from New York.
She was designed by Samuel A. Pook of Boston, who also designed the Ocean Telegraph, built by James O. Curtis in 1854.
Other famous ships designed by Mr. Pook were the Red Jacket and Game Cock.
Captain Clark mentions twenty-three Medford ships in a list of one hundred and seventy-three extreme type of clipper ships built between 1850 and 1857, and in a record of one hundred and twenty-eight passages made to San Francisco in 110 days or less between 1850 and 1860, from New York or Boston, seventeen were made by thirteen Medford ships as follows:—
ShipDaysPort of DepartureDate of Arrival
e of it, in fact, the time when the gilded letters of Mystic Hall Seminary first appeared on the front of that building in 1854.
In May of 1870, several gentlemen purchased the socalled Smith Estate, from its trustees, and had it surveyed into hougregational church there in 1851 was made so quietly that forty years elapsed before it became known who the donor was. In 1854 the brick almshouse which the younger Smith had bought was by extensive repair and addition transformed into the Mystic Masion and in that and her residence as dormitories and Mystic Hall (Everett Hall being later a store) Mrs. Smith opened (in 1854) her famous Mystic Hall Seminary for the education of young ladies.
She had an extensive clientage, somewhat from the Soossing and the old almshouse of 1812 in its enlarged shape.
This last would indicate that the plan was made subsequent to 1854, when that house was thus transformed.
The outlines of the various bridges are clearly shown, as also the canal aqueduct