Sovereign of the Seas - Boston
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‘Sovereign of the Seas’ - Boston                                                           (click on the image to return to the previous page)

This American clipper, launched in 1852, was considered a very handsome vessel.

A McKay brothers enterprise, Donald McKay was the designer, builder, owner and consigner.

Lauchlan McKay captain and commercial agent for his brother.

Sovereign of the Seas was renowned for exceptionally fast passages.

For the first time in history, the New York - Liverpool run was made in less than 14 days.

In an epic passage from New York to San Francisco in 1852, in spite of serious damage to the ship in fierce gales off the Horn, the ship made the fastest seasons run in 103 days.

The Sovereign’s runs of an average of 378 miles a day, for four consecutive days, and of 330 miles for seven consecutive days, set new records. With Lauchlan in command, it was said that it was doubtful if and clipper could overtake her in a strong breeze.

I painted her arriving at Boston, with the city in the background.


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