Flying Cloud
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Clippers & Packet Ships

‘Flying Cloud’                                                                      (click on the image to return to the previous page)

American extreme clipper, built by Donald McKay, at East Boston in 1851 for Enoch Train of Boston.


Still un-launched, the cautious Enoch Train needing cash decided to sell the ship to Grinnell, Minturn & Co of New York for $90,000.


He had no idea that the Flying Cloud would prove to be such a money-maker. A few of McKay’s later ships, and other ships, were to cover more miles in a single day than Flying Cloud, but except for Sea Witch, none would prove so consistently fast in all conditions year after year.


McKay designed and built many successful clippers and was able on at least five occasions to build large clippers entirely at his own risk, confident that there would be a keen purchaser.


This painting shows her outbound from Boston.