A Portfolio of the Artist Leonard J Pearce


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America’s Cup Races    Animals & Nature    Clippers & Packet Ships    Naval & Exploration    Passenger Vessels    People & Places    Sculpture

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Clippers & Packet Ships

‘Great Republic’                                                                                             (click on the image to return to the previous page)

The launch of Donald McKay’s Great republic on the 4th of October 1853 was a public holiday in Boston and thousands gathered to witness the event.

With a length of 335 feet, a 53 foot beam, and a draught of 38 feet, she was built to carry 6000 tons dead weight.

It had four masts. Her main mast was 44” in diameter and the other masts in proportion. The after, or spanker mast, was fore and aft rigged.

There were four decks, with a height between each of 8 feet.

It had luxurious state rooms for passengers and a fine library.

In New York to receive her cargo, and whilst docked on the East river, she caught fire from sparks blown from a blazing building. Though extensively burned, she was rebuilt to a lesser specification.

Following a storm in 1872, after many years of successful fast passages, the Great Republic had to be abandoned at sea. The boats were lowered and all hands reached the shore safely.