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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
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 San Francisco in less also divides this great race course into five sections, in which four other Medford ships made records, Ocean Express, John Wade, Syren and Living Age. The first section was from Sandy Hook to the Equator. There were twenty-seven ships which maage in 20 days or less. The best record was 16 days. Ocean Express made the run in 18 days, Electric Spark in 19 days, John Wade and Ringleader in 20 days. The third section was from 50° S. in the Atlantic to 50° S. in the Pacific. There were ened 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.