Length on keel 208ft. on deck 225ft. and over all, from the knight heads to the taffrail, 235ft. Extreme breadth of beam 41ft. Depth of hold 21%ft. (including 7ft. 8ins. height of between-decks, dead-rise at half floor 20ins. rounding of sides 6 ins. and sheer about 3ft.
If great length, sharpness of ends, with proportionate breadth and depth, conduce to speed, the Flying Cloud must be uncommonly swift, for in all these she is great. (These measurements and remarks were given by Duncan McLean in The Boston Daily Atlas, issue dated April 25, 1851)
Purchased by Grinell, Minturn & Co, New York, for $ 90.000. in April 1851.
On 2nd June the same year she sailed from New York to San Francisco in 89 days 21 hours under command of Captain Josiah Perkins Cressey. On July 31 she made 374 miles in 24 hours. 6th January 1852 she Sailed from Whampoa to New York in 94 days. 1't December Sailed from Whampoa back to New York in 96 days. Sailed from New York on 28th April 1853 to San Francisco in 105 days. Passed the Equator on May 15th in the record time of 17 days from Sandy Hook. The abstract log of this run was published by the Boston Daily Atlas. On 21st January 1854 left New York for San Francisco arriving in 89 days 8 hours. This is the record for the passage.
On 20th July 1854 she sailed from Whampoa to New York in 115 days and on 5th September 1855 left Whampoa for New York arriving in 99 days. Sailed from New York on 13th March 1856 for San Francisco in taking 185 days under command of Captain Reynard. She is reputed to have sailed 402 miles in 24 hours during that trip. She was partially dismasted en route San Francisco on 10th June 1856 and put into Rio de Janeiro for repairs where her spars were cut down before she proceeded. FLYING CLOUD was Laid Up in San Francisco on 14th December 1856. In April 1857 left San Francisco and was Laid Up at New York . Her spars were cut down once more in 1858.
24th May 1861 sailed from London (Deal) to Melbourne in 85 days. She was bought by
Mackay & Co, Liverpool in 1862, for their Queensland service, but instead mortgaged to the Forwood family, Liverpool and sailed for James Baines' "Black Ball Line". In February 1868 She sailed from Gravesend to Brisbane in 106 days, and then from Sydney to Gravesend in 112 days. 30th
30th August 1870 sailed from London to Hervey's Bay in 87 days under command of Captain Owen. After James Baines & Co. had suspended payment, in April 1871 Arthur Forwood took possession of the ship and sold her to Harry Smith Edwards of South Shields.
She went ashore on 19th June 1874 on the Beacon Island bar, St Johns and was condemned and sold.
In June 1857 she was burned for her copper and metal fastenings.
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