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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
hree 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 passage from Callao t