Flying Cloud Clipper 1846 Display Model, c1970s Kmart

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  • Sold Date: Jan 06, 2008
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Flying Cloud

Clipper Ship 1846

Built Display Model - Circa 1970's Kmart

From Wikipedia : The Flying Cloud of 1851 was the most famous of the extreme clipper built by Donald McKay in East Boston, Massachusetts, intended for Enoch Train of Boston, who paid $50,000 for her construction. The Flying Cloud was purchased at launching by Grinnell, Minturn & Co., of New York, for $90,000, which represented a huge profit for Train & Co. Within six weeks she sailed from New York and made San Francisco 'round Cape Horn in 89 days, 21 hours under the command of Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy. On July 31, during the trip, she made 374 miles in 24 hours. In 1853 she beat her own record by 13 hours, a record that stood until 1989 when the breakthrough-designed sailboat Thursday's Child completed the passage in 80 days, 20 hours. As of 2007, Thursday's Child still holds this record, which is called the "Flying Cloud record". The Flying Cloud's achievement was remarkable under any terms. But, it was all the more unusual because its navigator was a woman, Eleanor Creesy, With her husband, ship captain Josiah Perkins Creesy, she logged many thousands of miles on the ocean, traveling around the world carrying passengers and goods. On June 19, 1874 the Flying Cloud went ashore on the Beacon Island bar,
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