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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 166

    American School, 19th century

    A portrait of Flying Cloud under full sail

    Price Realised  

    American School, 19th century
    A portrait of Flying Cloud under full sail
    oil on canvas
    36 x 42 in. (91.5 x 106.8 cm.)


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    The American extreme clipper Flying Cloud was built by Donald McKay at East Boston in 1851 and purchased by Grinnell, Mintern of New York. She spent her early years on the New York to San Francisco trade via Cape Horn, her maiden voyage setting a record for the run which her fourth voyage improved to 89 days and 8 hours, anchor to anchor, a time never bettered for that route. She was sold to new owners in the autumn of 1859, thereafter trading out of London. She was then sold to British owners and employed on a variety of routes in the 1860s, until being wrecked outside St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1874.

    Provenance

    The Marine Collection at India House, New York