Clipper Ships and Windjammers
° Passenger Ship Arrivals
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The Fleet of 1857
January 1, 1858, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
The Fleet of 1857.
The days of fleet passages from the Atlantic, round Cape Horn, into the Pacific, seem to have passed by--at least, the present year as well as the one preceding it has passed without any remarkable instance of rapid sailing on the part of the various dippers.
The passage during the first two months of the year were unusually long, and, until the last of February and the first part of March, there was not a single arrival which will bear referring to.
The Andrew Jackson from New York came in a little over one hundred days, and, a short time afterwards, the Flying Dragon, the Great Republic, Westward, Ho! and Uncowah, all arriving together in time hardly in contrast with their previous passages, gave token that they had encountered one of those rare intervals of favorable weather off the Cape which enabled them to do justice to their sailing qualities.
Unluckily, the series of reasonable passages soon give out, and, during the balance of the year, if we except the Flying Dutchman's performance, there was not a passage worth calling attention to.
Snow Squall: The Last American Clipper Ship
Nicholas Dean's book is a series of volunteer archaeological expeditions in the aftermath of the Falkland War.
Snow Squall's story is pieced together with information gleaned from shipping lists, newspaper accounts, disaster books, and diaries.
Her world turns out to be a fascinating one, from the laying of her keel to her captain's heroic efforts to repair his badly damaged ship after going aground near Cape Horn in 1864.