Ship Name

Flying Cloud

Type

clipper (3 m)

Origins/Provenance

Boston

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1851

Home Waters

New York - San Francisco

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

1782

Length (feet)

235

Beam (feet)

41

Draft (feet)

21

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Hull

wood

Top Speed (knots)

20

Historical Note

Built by Donald McKay. New York to San Francisco in 1851 in 89 days 21 hours. Hard driving captain Josiah Cressy. Later a passenger ship from England to Australia. Burned for fittings in 1875.

Related Image

external image boat5_flying_cloud_1851.jpg
Clipper ship built by Donald McKay (1851)
Image ID: 783

Related People

Cressy, Josiah P. McKay, Donald

Related Vessels

Sovereign of the Seas

Related Source

Clipper Ship Era, The

Record ID: 77