Sovereign of the Seas
The Sovereign of the Seas was built in 1852 lived up to her name. She was the clipper ship that set the 1854 world record for fastest sailing ship.Sovereign of the Seas has held this record for over 100 years.
Built by Donald McKay of East Boston, Massachusetts, Sovereign of the Seas was the first ship to travel more than 400 miles in 24 hours. On the second leg of her maiden voyage, she made a record passage from Honolulu, Hawaii to New York, arriving 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 & Co. of the Black Ball Line, Liverpool for the Australia trade.
1854, Sovereign of the Seas recorded the fastest speed ever for a sailing ship, logging 22 knots.Sovereign of the Seas left New York on January 20, 1869, and arrived in San Francisco on June 11 of that year after a voyage of 142 days.