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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
this would probably have been the case if the discovery of gold in California and the consequent high prices had not made the question of speed of greater importance. The first vessel built in this part of the country on these ideas was the Game Cock, built by Samuel Hall at East Boston in 1850, and the same year James O. Curtis of Medford built the Shooting Star, 900 tons, for Reed and Wade of Boston. She was one of twenty-six ships which made the passage twice from Boston or New York to 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 da