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                            FLYING CLOUD model

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.

In 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 celebrity overnight.

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.



 

Our Flying Cloud clipper ship model features:

-Scratch-built
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Superior hollow hull construction technique
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95% of parts are wooden or metal
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Copper-plated bottom, with individual copper pieces

36" long X 32" tall  x 12" wide    $2,400    S&H is $150

 

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case