She was one of only two clipper ships in the post-Civil War period (1865-1900) to make a passage from an Atlantic port to San Francisco in less than one hundred days. Seminole arrived at San Francisco from New York on March 10, 1866, in 96 days. The Glory of the Seas, “the last ship built by Donald McKay, made the same voyage, arriving at San Francisco, January 18, 1874, in 94 days." 
^ abcClark, Arthur H. (1910). The Clipper Ship Era, An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews. 1843-1869. Camden, ME: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. p. 369.
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