Ship Name

Great Republic

Type

clipper (4 masted)

Origins/Provenance

Boston-built

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1853

Home Waters

NY-Liverpool run

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

4555

Length (feet)

302

Beam (feet)

48

Draft (feet)

29

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

4 masts

Hull

wood

Top Speed (knots)

18

Historical Note

Donald McKay-built, at cost of $300,000; caught fire in New York harbor before first sailing in 1853; reconfigured for California runs; sank off Bermuda in 1872.

Related Images

external image boat5_great_republic_1853.jpg

James Buttersworth painting of the clipper ship "Great Republic"(1853)
Image ID: 784

Related People

McKay, Donald

Related Vessels

Flying Cloud, Sovereign of the Seas, Stag Hound

Related Source

Clipper Ship Era, The

Record ID: 84