Flying Cloud Ship Model Free Shipping
This limited edition model of the famous tea clipper ship Flying Cloud displays a wealth of detail parallel to that of the historic vessel that is still sailing the seas today. Renowned for her speed in a voyage that saw her travel between San Francisco and New York in 89 days and 8 hours, the Flying Cloud held the record for 100 years for the fastest tall ship to travel between these two points. Great attention to detail and precision were used in crafting this model to make it the ship model of a tea clipper to put on display in your home.
15 Inches Long
4 Inches Wide
10 Inches High app
Handcrafted from scratch by our master artisans not built from any kit
High quality woods such as cherry, birch, maple and rosewood used in construction
Accurately hand-painted to match the actual tall ship Flying Cloud
Authentic textured individual copper finish plates featured below the water line
Amazing Details, including:
Three authentic scale lifeboats
Metal anchors weigh aside the bow
Metal railing used around the vessel
26 masterfully stitched, heavy canvas pin striped sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
American flag hangs from rear rigging
Figure head is finely painted white to match the actual Flying Cloud vessel
Model is attached to wooden base to provide security so model does not fall over
Metal name plate is attached to wood base displaying the tall ship name Flying Cloud
Extensive research from the original plans, historic drawings, paintings, and actual photographs used to ensure the highest possible accuracy
A Legend is Born:
Built by Donald McKay in East Boston, Massachusetts in 1851, the Flying Cloud could be considered the fastest clipper ship of its time. Six weeks after her initial launch the Flying Cloud made headlines around the world with her record setting sail from New York to San Francisco commanded by Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy. Two years later the Flying Cloud broke her own record for the journey. In addition to her breathtaking speed on these voyages, the Flying Cloud was significant in that her navigator was Eleanor Creesy, wife of Captain Creesy.
The Flying Cloud and Her Contemporaries:
In the 1800s, ships generally took between six and eight months to travel the 16,000 miles between New York and San Francisco. While there were a few other ships that were capable of such blazing speeds, only two stand out as to be considered in the same league as the Flying Cloud. The clipper Andrew Jackson made the New York to San Francisco journey in 89 days and 4 hours, and the Hornet, which lost a race to the Flying Cloud in despite departing New York a full two days ahead of the competition.
Her Final Years at Sea:
Following her legendary voyages and blaring newspaper headlines, the Flying Cloud was sold to the British Black Ball Line in 1862, and put to use in the log trade between England and Canada. On June 19, 1874 the Flying Cloud was grounded on shore on Beacon Island bar, St. John's, Newfoundland, later sold, stripped for whatever valuable metal could be found, and burned.
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