An extreme clipper ship built in 1851 by William H. Webb, New York as Yard No. 64. Dimensions were 169'6"W36'6"W20 and gross tonnage was 1,036 tons. On September 20, 1851 she was launched at the shipyard of William H. Webb, New York, for Barclay & Livingston, New York. Her first master was Captain David S. Babcock, Stonington, late of the ship Charlestown and the clipper bark Race Horse. In November 1852 she sailed from San Francisco to Hong Kong in 48 days. This was the first of many voyages to the far east for the Swordfish, as she was quite active in China Trade. In 1854, she was sold to Crocker & Warren, New York, for about $55.000. Then, in April of 1856 Captain Joseph W. Crocker was given command of the ship, who then handed over command of the ship to Captain Crandall in 1860. In July of 1862, the Swordfish drifted ashore and was wrecked at the mouth of Yangtze Kiang when her anchors were fouled. The wreck was sold at auction on July 26, 1862.