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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 2 0 Browse Search
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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
mainder of the twenty-three ships mentioned by Captain Clark the following passages are recorded from Boston or New York to San Francisco: Dauntless, 116 days; John Wade, 116 days; Kingfisher, 114 days; Fleetwing, 121 days; Norwester, 122 days; Morning Star, 146 days; Syren, 118 days. Other ships of this period, but not in this list of extreme clipper type, which made fast voyages to San Francisco from Boston or New York were the National Eagle, 134 days; Wild Ranger, 122 and 127 days; Osborn Howes, 153 days; Good Hope, 143 days. The Thatcher Magoun made the trip from San Francisco to New York in 94 days. The record passage was 76 days made by the Northern Light to Boston and the Comet to New York. Besides the California passages, the Whirlwind made the voyage from New York to Melbourne in 80 days. The Ringleader made the same trip in 78 days, the best day's run being 336 knots. The Shooting Star made the run from Canton to Boston in 86 days, and the Phantom made the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
se, although the drawtender and his family, who were in bed at the time, escaped without injury. The ship was in charge of the mate, who, finding that the vessel was adrift, took the wheel and steered her, and she would probably have gone through the Warren bridge had he not luffed her in time. Loss of property in the three storms was nearly $1,000,000. Passing of the Ringleader. The Ringleader was one of the fastest of the California clipper ships. Built by Hayden & Cudworth for Howes & Crowell of Boston in 1853, she was used in the California trade while the gold rush lasted. After the gold rush was over, the clipper ships of the extreme type ceased to be built. For a time they were used in the trade with the Orient, in the tea trade to Europe and America. As tea deteriorates very fast at sea, the early American ships, on account of their speed, had the business all to themselves for a time. But the British soon constructed tea clippers which averaged nearly or quite