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Lot #421
Sold For$25,000.00(hammer price)
 $30,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019


Rhode Island/Pennsylvania, 1937-2017

The American clipper ship Flying Cloud. Signed and dated lower right John Mecray 1982".
Built by Donald McKay in Boston, the extreme clipper Flying Cloud was launched in April 1851 and arrived in New York two weeks later, towed by the tug Ajax. On her first voyage she lost her main and mizzen top gallant masts, but she later became known for making fast passages, including a record 89 days from New York to San Francisco. In 1859 she was engaged to carry troops to London, and her later years were spent in the timber trade. In 1874 she went aground and broke her back, after which she was sold and broken up.
In this painting, America's most famous clipper ship makes landfall as her crew shortens sail in a moderate breeze. Her flying jib and royals have been furled and they work on securing the main.

This lot is being sold to support the endowment of scholarships at IYRS School of Technology and Trades.
Oil on canvas, 20" x 32". Framed."


Excellent condition with no apparent signs of restoration or repairs. Framed dimensions approx. 25.5 x 37.25"."

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