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
Shooting Star105BostonAug. 17, 1852
Courser108BostonApril 28, 1852