United States
NameFlying Childers
NamesakeFlying Childers
OwnerJ.M. Forbes and Cunningham Brothers, Boston
BuilderSamuel Hall of East Boston, MA
Launched11 November 1852
FateSold to the United Kingdom, 1863
United Kingdom
NameGolden South
FateDestroyed by fire, 29 May 1893
General characteristics
Class and typeMedium clipper
Tons burthen1125 tons
Length183.9 feet (56.1 m)
Beam36.4 feet (11.1 m)
Draft22.6 feet (6.9 m)

The Golden South was a clipper ship built in 1852, as Flying Childers.[1]

Built by Samuel Hall of East Boston, Massachusetts for J.M. Forbes and Cunningham Brothers, Boston. She sailed between Boston to San Francisco and Whampoa to Deal. She was sold in 1858 for $53,000. She then sailed from New York to San Francisco and Boston to San Francisco. Sold in 1863 to Mackay, Baines & Company, Liverpool for £5050 and renamed Golden South, for the Liverpool to Australia trade.

She was sold in 1866 and later used as a coal hulk at Port Jackson, Sydney.


On Monday 29 May 1893, awaiting breaking up, she was destroyed by fire after the hulk Vernon caught ablaze in Kerosene Bay, Sydney.[2][3]


  1. ^ Lars Bruzelius. "Sailing Ships: Flying Childers". Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 30 May 1893. p.5". Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. ^ "The Argus, Tuesday 30 May 1893. p.7". Retrieved 15 February 2012.