Ship Name

Challenge

Type

clipper (3 m)

Origins/Provenance

New York

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1851

Home Waters

New York built

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

2006

Length (feet)

224

Beam (feet)

43

Draft (feet)

25

Hull

wood

Crew

50

Historical Note

Built by William H. Webb, then the largest merchant sailing ship ever launched. Failed to match other clippers in time to California; brutal treatment of crew by Captain Robert Waterman led to desertions.

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