The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 114
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 114

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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H12-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Mil-'. ?: "- -i-Wf----.' 77ie American Clipper Ship was a fast, sleek vessel developed by American shipbuilders during the early and mid-1800's. These ships were designed along the same trim lines as the earlier, smaller, "Baltimore Clippers" that were used for fast service on Chesapeake Bay. The name Clipper' came from the way the ships "clipped off" the miles. The clipper ship was identified by high masts and many large sails. Donald McKay of New York City is considered to be the most famous builder of clipper ships. He is given credit for building the Flying Cloud, Stag Hound, Lightning, Sovereign Of The Seas and Great Republic, among others. The Great Republic was the largest sailing ship in the world when she was launched in 1853. The ship was 325 feet long, weighed 455 tons and carried a 130-man crew. The Republic was designed to clip off 20 knots under full rig. A typical fast trip across the Atlantic was made by a clipper ship in 12 days and 9 hours and a New York-San Francisco trip could be made in 89 days and eight hours around Cape Horn. A 436-nautical-mile run by the Lightning was made in 24 hours on her maiden voyage off the Irish coast. No steamer was able to beat this record for the next 30 years. The American Clipper Ship occupies a special place in history with a record of fast, efficient and dependable service. It is by no accident that the Clipper Ship has been the emblem of the Atlantic National Bank since March 25, 1929. . A '111 "P s ''i' A 7 sVtf ' ' i" ' ' 7 VL m. , - wf .. - v--;illr.. ...... :-;:.,,--- --

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