Flying Cloud was a clipper ship built
in East Boston, Massachusetts
that set the world's
sailing record for the fastest passage between New
York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours.
The ship held this record for over 100 years, from
1854 to 1989.
the early days of the California Gold Rush, it took
more than 200 days for a ship to travel from New
York to San Francisco. Flying Cloud's 89-day was a
headline-grabbing world record, making the ship a
Flying Cloud's achievement was more unusual
because her navigator was a woman, Eleanor Creesy,
who had been studying oceanic currents, weather
phenomena, and astronomy since her girlhood
in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
On June 19, 1874, Flying Cloud went ashore on the
Beacon Island bar in New Brunswick and subsequently
was sold for her scrap metal. There have been
only two vessels that could beat her record.
One was a breakthrough-designed (after 136 years!)
sailboat Thursday's Child which completed the
passage in 80 days, 20 hours. The other was the
French racing yacht Gitana 13, with a time of
43 days and 38 minutes, in 2008.
Flying Cloud clipper ship model features:
Superior hollow hull construction
95% of parts are wooden or metal
Copper-plated bottom, with
individual copper pieces
36" long X
32" tall x 12" wide
S&H is $150
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Model Ship Display Case