In the 1850's Rockland shipwrights build one of…

Posted on April 14, 2017

In the 1850's Rockland shipwrights build one of the fastest ships of the era. The vessel was named for the Seneca Indian chief Red Jacket. The Apprenticeshop in Rockland celebrates this ship each summer with the Red Jacket Regatta, which brings in teams from up and down the coast, including some of our own sailors from St. George Sailing.


The clipper ship Red Jacket was built at the shipyard of George Thomas in the North End of Rockland and launched in 1853. She was the 5th of 10 clipper ships launched at Rockland between 1851-1855. On her maiden voyage from New York to Liverpool the Red Jacket set the speed record for sailing ships crossing the Atlantic; 13 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes. She was also the first ship of the White Star Line company. The ship was lost in the Madeira Islands in 1885.

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