Clipper City (schooner)

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The 1984 replica of the Clipper City
United StatesUnited States
NameClipper City
OperatorManhattan by
BuilderHaglund Boatworks, Green Cove Springs, Florida
HomeportNew York, NY
General characteristics
Class and typeTopsail Schooner
Displacement200 tons
Length158 ft (48 m)
Beam27.5 ft (8.4 m)
Height135 ft (41 m) from waterline
Draft14 ft (4.3 m) w/ centerboard, 6 ft (1.8 m) w/o
PropulsionSail; auxiliary engine
Sail planTwo-masted square-topsail gaff schooner, 9,836 square feet (913.8 m2) total sail area
Capacity150 persons (not including crew)

Clipper City is a modern replica of a nineteenth-century cargo schooner.

The original Clipper City[edit]

The first Clipper City was a cargo clipper schooner built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1854.[1] Manitowoc soon became known for its shipbuilding industry, and "Clipper City" was adopted as a nickname for the town itself. A replica cross section of the Clipper City is on permanent display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.[2]

The replica[edit]

In 1984, the plans for the original Clipper City were purchased from the Smithsonian Institution,[3] and naval architects DeJong & Lebet, Inc. were hired to adapt the design to meet modern safety requirements. The new vessel, also named Clipper City, was a steel-hulled schooner carrying eight sails on two steel masts: six fore-and-aft rigged sails, and two square topsails.[4]

The Clipper City offered passenger sails out of Baltimore, Maryland for over twenty years, with occasional trips to the Caribbean and other destinations.

Current status[edit]

In 2007, Clipper City's then owner, John Kircher, filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on the vessel by Regal Bancorp, Inc. Clipper City's Coast Guard certification was revoked shortly thereafter due to a hull failure. Following a brief seizure by U.S. Marshals, the vessel was sold at auction to Regal Bancorp for $350,000.[5]

Clipper City was then purchased by ESV Corp and rebuilt to original condition. She operates as a day sail tour boat, running out of Battery Park in New York City, and is also available for private charters and corporate events by Manhattan By Sail.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gjerset, Knut (1979). Norwegian Sailors on the Great Lakes. Ayer Publishing, p. 66. ISBN 0-405-11636-5. Google Book Search. Retrieved on July 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Wisconsin Maritime Museum Exhibits
  3. ^ Former owner's website[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Naval architects DeJong & Lebet, Inc.
  5. ^ WJZ-TV article, "Baltimore's Clipper City Tall Ship Sold"[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Tour ship runs aground near Statue of Liberty". 21 September 2014.

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