Links to Relevant Websites
Donald McKay's journey to Liverpool Boston Daily Atlas, 18 June 1851
The Glory of the Seas an excellent brief overview of Donald McKay's life
Sovereign of the Seas extreme clipper ship built in 1852 by Donald McKay
James Baines extreme clipper ship built in 1854 by Donald McKay
Reproduction of a page from the Diary of Alfred Withers
on board the James Baines, Liverpool to Melbourne, 1857
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England
Chariot of Fame medium clipper ship built in 1853 by Donald McKay
Flying Cloud extreme clipper launched in 1851, at the shipyard of Donald McKay
The New Clipper Ship Flying Cloud Boston Daily Atlas, 25 April 1851
Clipper ship Flying Cloud, from New York for San Francisco Boston Daily Atlas, 29 June 1853
Staffordshire clipper packet ship built in 1851 by Donald McKay
Clipper ship Staffordshire now receiving freight for San Francisco Boston Daily Atlas, 23 April 1852
Flying Fish extreme clipper ship built in 1851 by Donald McKay
The clipper Flying Fish which sailed from Boston on November 7, 1851,
arrived at San Francisco in 100 days and 6 hours.
Bald Eagle extreme clipper ship built in 1852 by Donald McKay
Clipper ship Bald Eagle Boston Daily Atlas, 17 November 1852
Designed, modelled, draughted and built by Mr. Donald McKay
Empress of the Seas clipper ship built in 1853 by Donald McKay
Stag Hound extreme clipper ship built in 1850 by Donald McKay
letter from a passenger on board the clipper ship Stag Hound Boston Daily Atlas, 10 June 1851
Clipper ship Stag Hound, of Boston The U.S. Nautical Magazine, 1855
Donald McKay extreme clipper launched in 1855 at the shipyard of Donald McKay
Champion of the Seas built in 1854 at East Boston by Donald McKay
The largest sailing merchant ship in the world...
Clipper Ship by John H. Lienhard|
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and History, University of Houston
Clipper ships were not a specific design, they were a state of mind.
And that state of mind lasted only a decade...
They were tall and beautiful. Acres of canvas drove them at 14 knots.
For a while those expensive ships paid for themselves on a single voyage...
BooksDonald McKay and the Clipper Ships by Mary Ellen Chase,
181 pages with photographs and diagrams, published 1959 by
Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Yankee Clippers: the Story of Donald McKay
by Clara Ingram Judson and Yukio Tashiro, a biography of the
Nova Scotia farmer's son who dreamed of ships as a lad, worked
in the shipyards as a youth, and designed and built more than
ninety ships in the great days of clipper sail
published 1965 by Follett Publishing Company, Chicago
Donald McKay: Designer of Clipper Ships
by John O'Hara Cosgrave II and Clara Ingram Judson
published 1943 by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Some famous sailing ships and their builder, Donald McKay:
a study of the American sailing packet and clipper eras, with
biographical sketches of America's foremost designer and master
builder of ships, and a comprehensive history of his many famous ships
by Richard C. McKay (grandson of Donald McKay), 396 pages with
25 b/w illustrations, plus 10 plates in colour with tissue guard,
and 51 pages with 42 b/w plates and 11 plans models, maps, facsimile
letters and telegrams — A comprehensive history of Donald McKay's
ships, drawn from original sources and family records, from his first,
the trading ship Courier in 1842, to his last marine enterprise,
the refitting of the famous schooner yacht America in 1875.
published 1928 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
third printing in June 1931 (of 1928 edition)
reprinted 1969 by 7 C's Press, Riverside, Connecticut
reprinted 1988 by Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut
Donald McKay and His Famous Sailing Ships by Richard C. McKay,
512 pages with 58 illustrations, plans, and maps
published 1995 (reprint of the 1928 edition) by Dover Publications Inc.
"This rare and valuable study, written by McKay's descendent who had
access to important family records, reveals McKay's extraordinary
accomplishments as it recreates the great era of the American sailing
packet and clipper ship. In the end, steamships replaced McKay's
masterworks, but never eclipsed the magnificent sailing tradition
whose climax they represented."