Westward Ho!
Westward Ho - Clipper (1852) Some ships of the clipper ship era, their builders, owners, and captains; (1913) 0035.jpg
United States
NameWestward Ho!
OwnerSampson & Tappan
BuilderDonald McKay, East Boston
LaunchedSeptember 24, 1852
OwnerDon Juan de Ugarte
FateCaught fire and sank, February 24, 1864
General characteristics
Class and typeClipper
Tons burthen1600 tons
Length220 ft (67 m)
Beam40 ft 6 in (12.34 m)
Draft23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Notes2 decks

Westward Ho! was an 1852 clipper that made two very fast passages to San Francisco; 100 days from Boston and New York City. She had a very close race with Neptune's Car, and ended her days in the coolie trade.


Westward Ho! had long, very sharp ends, with concave lines. Her frame was of white oak, and planking of hard pine. She was copper fastened, with yellow metal sheathing. The hull was painted black, the inside buff relieved with white, the waterways blue.[1]

The finish work below decks was quite fancy, with rosewood, mahogany, carvings, gold ornamentation, and paneled mirrors. Some of the cabins had stained glass windows with Venetian blinds. The figurehead was a Native American warrior giving chase.[2]


Westward Ho! made a very fast passage to San Francisco between January 12 and April 22, 1855, under Capt. Johnson. She arrived in San Francisco just 100 days and 18 hours from Boston Light.[3] One day later, the clipper Neptune’s Car left Sandy Hook, New York. She arrived in San Francisco one day after Westward Ho!, after a passage of 100 days, 23½ hours.[3]

In 1856, Westward Ho! brought 800 coolies from Swatow to Callao, for work in the guano deposits.[3] Westward Ho! caught fire on February 27, 1864, at anchor in Callao.[3]


  1. ^ Crothers, William L. (1997). The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850–1856: Characteristics, Construction, Details. Camden, ME: International Marine. pp. xvi, etc. ISBN 0-07-014501-6.
  2. ^ "The New Clipper Ship Westward Ho! of Boston". The Boston Daily Atlas. Boston: The Maritime History Virtual Archives. September 21, 1852. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Bruzelius, Lars (1997-10-18). "Clipper Ships: "Westward Ho" (1852)". The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved July 8, 2010.