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James Baines (1854)

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James Baines (clipper)

James Baines was a passenger clipper ship completely constructed of timber in the 1850s and launched on 25 July 1854 from the East Boston shipyard of the famous ship builder Donald McKay in the United States for the Black Ball Line of James Baines & Co., Liverpool. The clipper was one of the few known larger sailing ships rigged with a moonsail....

She made four 'round' voyages to Melbourne and back to Liverpool via the Indian Ocean....

James Baines caught fire on Thursday morning, 22 April 1858 while discharging her cargo in the Huskisson Dock at Liverpool following her only voyage from India. The ship burned down to the waterline.


James Baines

An extreme clipper ship built by Donald McKay, East Boston, for the Black Ball Line of Liverpool.

Dimensions: 226'×44'9"×29' and tonnage: 2275 RT.

The figurehead was a likeness of James Baines in tailcoat and top hat carved by Mr Dodd of the Allan and Clotworthy's yard.

James Baines © 1996 Lars Bruzelius


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