James Baines

Extreme clipper launched on July 25th, 1854, at the shipyard of Donald McKay, East Boston, for the Black Ball Line of Liverpool.

Dimensions: 226'x44'9"x29

Tonnage: 2275 RT

1854 - The passage from the Boston Light to the Rock Light off Liverpool

     which took 12 days, 6 hours, is still the sailing ship record. 

1854 - The premier sailing from Liverpool to Melbourne took 65 days. A

     420 miles day's run was achieved during the return passage which in total

     took 69 1/2 days. 

1857 - Made her last Australia passage after which she was chartered by the

     British Government for carring troops to India. 

1857 - April 21st, caught fire during discharging a cargo consisting of jute,

     linseed and cowhides in the Huskinsson Dock, Liverpool. The remains

     were abandoned as a total loss and was sold to Mr Robert Pace, Liverpool,

     a shipowner who rebuilt the damaged hull into a coal barge. 

1863 - still mentioned in the Liverpool Register. Her final fate is unknown. 

Select Bibliography:

     Howe, Octavius T. & Matthews, Fredric C.: American Clipper Ships


     Argosy Antiquarian, New York, 1967 (facs av ou 1926). 2 vols. 

     McKay, Richard: Some Famous Sailing Ships and Their Builder Donald


     G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1928. 8vo, xxvii, 395 pp, 62 pl. 

     McLean, Duncan: The New Clipper James Baines. The Boston Daily

     Atlas, Vol. XXIII, No. 53, Friday, September 1, 1854. 

     Reprinted in NRJ Vol. 25, pp 33-35. 

     Stammers, Michael K.: The Passage Makers. Teredo Books, Brighton,


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