Donald McKay

1810 – 1880


Photographs of
Monument

Jordan Falls
Shelburne County
Nova Scotia

Located on the south side of Highway 103, about 30m west from the Jordan River bridge

GPS location:   43°48'56"N   65°14'05"W



Mr. McKay, perhaps more than the general run of builders, has the rare faculty of producing a beautiful model, and making the ship built by it an exact copy. In other words, he makes the ships he builds look just as he likes. He delights in his noble profession, and considers labor or expense nothing, compared with success. It is his ambition to build the best, most beautiful, and swiftest clippers in the world...
Source: Boston Daily Atlas 17 November 1852
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1852-11-17).html





McKay Clan Page website by "1st-cousin-4-times-removed to Donald McKay"
    http://www.eraoftheclipperships.com/mckay.html

includes a good picture of The Great Republic, launched 4 October 1853
(150th anniversary on 4 October 2003)

Links to Relevant Websites

Monument to Donald McKay, shipbuilder
    http://www.lostatsea.ca/shelburc.htm


Donald McKay's journey to Liverpool Boston Daily Atlas, 18 June 1851
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1851-06-18).html


The Glory of the Seas an excellent brief overview of Donald McKay's life
    http://www.eraoftheclipperships.com/page72.html


Sovereign of the Seas extreme clipper ship built in 1852 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Sovereign_of_the_Seas(1852).html


James Baines extreme clipper ship built in 1854 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/James_Baines(1854).html


Reproduction of a page from the Diary of Alfred Withers
on board the James Baines, Liverpool to Melbourne, 1857

    http://www.nmm.ac.uk/uploads/jpg/C2410_14.jpg

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England

Chariot of Fame medium clipper ship built in 1853 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Chariot_of_Fame(1853).html


Flying Cloud extreme clipper launched in 1851, at the shipyard of Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Flying_Cloud(1851).html


The New Clipper Ship Flying Cloud Boston Daily Atlas, 25 April 1851
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1851-04-25).html


Clipper ship Flying Cloud, from New York for San Francisco Boston Daily Atlas, 29 June 1853
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1853-06-29).html


Staffordshire clipper packet ship built in 1851 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Staffordshire(1851).html


Clipper ship Staffordshire now receiving freight for San Francisco Boston Daily Atlas, 23 April 1852
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1852-04-23).html


Flying Fish extreme clipper ship built in 1851 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Flying_Fish(1851).html

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
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Bald_Eagle(1852).html


Clipper ship Bald Eagle Boston Daily Atlas, 17 November 1852
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1852-11-17).html

Designed, modelled, draughted and built by Mr. Donald McKay

Empress of the Seas clipper ship built in 1853 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Empress_of_the_Seas(1853).html


Stag Hound extreme clipper ship built in 1850 by Donald McKay
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/Staghound(1850).html


letter from a passenger on board the clipper ship Stag Hound Boston Daily Atlas, 10 June 1851
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1851-06-10).html


Clipper ship Stag Hound, of Boston The U.S. Nautical Magazine, 1855
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/Shipbuilding/USNM-2(1855)_p401.html


Donald McKay extreme clipper launched in 1855 at the shipyard of Donald McKay
    http://www.globalindex.com/clippers/museum/donald_m.htm


Champion of the Seas built in 1854 at East Boston by Donald McKay
The largest sailing merchant ship in the world...
    http://pc-78-120.udac.se:8001/WWW/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1854-05-20).html


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...
    http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi338.htm


Books

Donald 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
ISBN 048628820X
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."







Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
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Westport: Joshua Slocum memorial Joshua Slocum memorial Westport
    /digbyco/slocumjmem.html


Rawding Captains monument Rawding Captains monument Clementsport
    /annapco/rawdingm.html


Allendale Shipyard plaque Allendale Shipyard plaque Allendale
    /shelbco/allendalem.html


S.S. Atlantic 1873 memorial at Sandy Cove, Terence Bay S.S. Atlantic 1873: memorial at Sandy Cove Terence Bay
    /hfxrm/ssatlanhrm.html


S.S. Atlantic 1873 memorial at Star of the Sea cemetery, Lower Prospect S.S. Atlantic 1873: memorial at Star of the Sea cemetery Lower Prospect
    /hfxrm/ssatlansos.html


Joe Cracker, HMS Tribune plaque Joe Cracker, HMS Tribune plaque Herring Cove
    /hfxrm/tribuneplq.html


Fort Point monument Fort Point monument LaHave
    /lunenco/lahavefpm.html


Montbeliard monument Montbeliard monument Lunenburg
    /lunenco/montbeliard.html


Birchtown Black Loyalist memorial Black Loyalist memorial Birchtown
    /shelbco/birchtown.html


Barrington: Old Meeting House 1765 Old Meeting House 1765 Barrington
    /shelbco/barrmeethse.html


Cape Sable Settlers 1761 Cape Sable Settlers 1761 Barrington
    /shelbco/sable200.html


Barrington war memorial Barrington war memorial Barrington
    /shelbco/barrmem.html


Shelburne war memorial Shelburne war memorial Shelburne
    /shelbco/shlbrnmon.html


CFS Shelburne closure memorial CFS Shelburne closure memorial Shelburne
    /shelbco/roycan63anchor.html


Fort St. Louis monument Fort St. Louis, 1630 Port LaTour
    /shelbco/fortstlouis.html


Carleton Village war memorial Carleton Village war memorial Carleton Village
    /shelbco/carletonvill.html


Clark's Harbour war memorial Clark's Harbour war memorial Clark's Harbour
    /shelbco/clarkswarm.html


Green Island cannon Green Island cannon Centreville
    /shelbco/greencann.html


Kempt war memorial Kempt war memorial Kempt
    /qrm/kemptmem.html


Arcadia war memorial Arcadia war memorial Arcadia
    /yarmco/arcadiamem.html


Korean War memorial Korean War memorial Yarmouth
    /yarmco/koreamem.html


John Cabot 1497 memorial John Cabot 1497 memorial Aspy Bay
    /victco/aspycabot.html


Captain James Cook monument Halifax
    /hfxrm/cookjmon.html



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