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Donald McKay
Extreme Clipper Donald McKay.jpg
Donald McKay
History
RN Ensign
United Kingdom
NamesakeDonald McKay, ship builder
OwnerJames Baines & Co.
BuilderDonald McKay, East Boston
LaunchedJanuary 1855
FateBurned and broken up in 1888
General characteristics
TypeClipper
Tonnage2604 RT, 2486 GRT, and 1616 NRT
Length266 ft (81 m)
Beam46.25 ft (14.10 m)
Draft29.4 ft (9.0 m)
PropulsionSails
Sail planShe was equipped with Howes patent double topsails

Donald McKay, named after her designer, was built for James Baines & Co. She was the last extreme clipper ship built by Donald McKay. Donald McKay sailed on the Black Ball Line of Liverpool from 1855 to 1868, carrying passengers and mail between England and Australia.

History

Donald McKay was launched on Donald McKay's shipyard in East Boston, USA, in January 1855. Newspapers reported that she had "all the airy beauty of a clipper combined with the stately outline of a ship of war and, though not sharp, yet her great length, buoyancy, and stability, indicate[d] that she [would] sail very fast, and be an excellent sea boat".[1] Her passenger capacity was reported at 591 plus crew.[2]

Timeline of Donald McKay port calls and events:

The figurehead of Donald McKay is located at the Mystic Seaport Museum[17] in Mystic, Connecticut, USA.

See also

References

  1. ^ "THE DONALD M'KAY". Bendigo Advertiser. 1 September 1855. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "Clipper Donald McKay 1855". Boston Daily Atlas. 1855. Archived from the original on 31 March 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2022 – via The Doric Columns.
  3. ^ "ENGLISH NEWS TO THE SIXTH JUNE". Mount Alexander Mail. 31 August 1855. p. 6. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "MELBOURNE,". Gipps Land Guardian. Victoria. 5 October 1855. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "THE "DONALD M'KAY."". Colonial Times. Hobart, Tas. 6 January 1857. p. 2 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "COMMERCIAL". Age. Melbourne, Victoria. 25 February 1857. p. 4. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  7. ^ "COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE". Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 20 November 1857. p. 4. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  8. ^ "ENGLISH SHIPPING". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 May 1858. p. 4. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  9. ^ "MELBOURNE". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 August 1858. p. 4. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  10. ^ "MELBOURNE COMMERCIAL". Bendigo Advertiser. Victoria. 9 November 1858. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  11. ^ "SHIPPING". Kyneton Observer. Victoria. 7 July 1859. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  12. ^ "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE". Bendigo Advertiser. Victoria. 5 November 1859. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  13. ^ "COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE". Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 4 November 1859. p. 4. Retrieved 1 November 2020 – via Trove.
  14. ^ "ARRIVAL OF THE DONALD M'KAY". Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser. Victoria. 13 March 1861. p. 2 – via Trove.
  15. ^ "Sailing Ships: "Donald McKay" (1855)". The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  16. ^ "The Donald McKay". Hudson at Murtoa -- Past Links Revealed. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Figurehead from clipper ship DONALD McKAY | Mystic Seaport". Mystic Seaport Museum. Retrieved 1 November 2020.