Sovereign of the Seas
|Builder||Donald McKay of East Boston, MA|
|Fate||Ran aground on the Pyramid Shoal in the Strait of Malacca, becoming a total loss, on voyage from Hamburg to China, 6 August 1859: 97|
|Class and type||Extreme clipper|
|Tons burthen||2421 tons.|
|Length||252 ft. (76.8m)|
|Beam||45.6 ft. (13.9m)|
|Draft||29.2 ft. (8.9m)|
|Notes||Has held the record for the fastest speed ever for a sailing ship, 22 knots (41 km/h, 25 mph), since 1854|
Sovereign of the Seas, a clipper ship built in 1852, was a sailing vessel notable for setting the world record for fastest sailing ship—22 knots.[a]
Built by Donald McKay of East Boston, Massachusetts, Sovereign of the Seas was the first ship to travel more than 400 nautical miles in 24 hours. On the second leg of her maiden voyage, she made a record passage from Honolulu, Hawaii, to New York City 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 of the Black Ball Line, Liverpool for the Australia trade.
In 1854, Sovereign of the Seas recorded the fastest speed for a sailing ship, logging 22 knots (41 km/h, 25 mph).