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[p. 4] or less. The best record was 14 days. Phantom made the passage in I 5 days, Golden Eagle in 9 days, Herald of the Morning, Living Age1 and Ocean Telegraph in 20 days.

Of the remainder 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.2

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 to Rio Janeiro in 32 days, this being the quickest run ever made.

1 The Living Age was not an extreme clipper ship.

2 The record passage was 76 days made by the ‘Northern Light’ to Boston and the ‘Comet’ to New York.

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