Sovereign of the Seas
|Builder:||Donald McKay of East Boston, MA|
|Fate:||Wrecked in the Strait of Malacca, on voyage from Hamburg to China, 1859|
|Class and type:||Extreme clipper|
|Tons burthen:||2421 tons.|
|Length:||252 ft. (76.8m)|
|Beam:||45.6 ft. (13.9m)|
|Draft:||29.2 ft. (8.9m)|
|Notes:||Has held the record for the fastest speed ever for a sailing ship, 22 knots (41 km/h, 25 mph), since 1854|
Built by Donald McKay of East Boston, Massachusetts, Sovereign of the Seas was the first ship to travel more than 400 nautical miles in 24 hours. On the second leg of her maiden voyage, she made a record passage from Honolulu, Hawaii to New York City in 82 days. She then broke the record to Liverpool, England, making the passage in 13 days 13.5 hours. In 1853 she was chartered by James Baines of the Black Ball Line, Liverpool for the Australia trade.
In 1854, Sovereign of the Seas recorded the fastest speed for a sailing ship, logging 22 knots (41 km/h, 25 mph).
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