California (Dutch ship)

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Owner: L. Bienfait & sn.
Builder: Fop Smit
Launched: 1853
General characteristics
Class and type: Clipper
Tons burthen: 663 tons

California (663 tons) is the most famous of four Dutch clippers launched in 1853. An iron-hulled clipper, she was built by Fop Smit and mastered by F.C. Jaski for the company L. Bienfait & sn. On the maiden voyage Jaski sailed her in 86 days from The Downs to Port Adelaide, delivering a hundred English immigrants.