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In 1851 state of the art Fasteners and the woman navigator of the “Flying Cloud”, Eleanor Creesy set the world’s sailing speed record…
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The “Flying Cloud” Clipper Ship image was found on the Smithsonian Time and Navigation website page.
The American built Clipper Ship “Flying Cloud” was built by Donald McKay of East Boston, MA. All types of fasteners were used for structural support and to carry the sails in high winds . The 235 foot Ship (launched in 1851) weighed 1,782 tons, it was 41 feet wide. “Its three masts held 21 sails using some 30,000 feet (9,100 m) of sailcloth”.
“Eleanor Creesy (September 21, 1814-1900) was an American navigator, who was the wife of Josiah Perkins Creesy, skipper of the Flying Cloud “[Eleanor Creesy’s] skills are considered to be a major factor in the ship’s safe and swift passages.” Locals thought it peculiar that she was taught ship navigation by her father, at a time when women were rarely educated, let alone in a business dominated by men. Her dream was to marry a Captain and sail with him on his ship and, though she attracted many suitors as a young woman, she rejected their advances until she found a sailor.”
On June 19, 1874, Flying Cloud went ashore on the Beacon Island bar, Saint John, New Brunswick, and was condemned and sold. The following June the ship was burned for the scrap metal value of her copper and iron fastenings.