Clipper City (schooner)
The 1984 replica of the Clipper City
|Operator:||Manhattan by Sail.com|
|Builder:||Haglund Boatworks, Green Cove Springs, Florida|
|Homeport:||New York, NY|
|Class and type:||Topsail Schooner|
|Length:||158 ft (48 m)|
|Beam:||27.5 ft (8.4 m)|
|Height:||135 ft (41 m) from waterline|
|Draft:||14 ft (4.3 m) w/ centerboard, 6 ft (1.8 m) w/o|
|Propulsion:||Sail; auxiliary engine|
|Sail plan:||Two-masted square-topsail gaff schooner, 9,836 square feet (913.8 m2) total sail area|
|Capacity:||150 persons (not including crew)|
The original Clipper City
The first Clipper City was a cargo clipper schooner built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1854. 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.
In 1984, the plans for the original Clipper City were purchased from the Smithsonian Institution, 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.
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filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure on the vessel by Regal Bancorp, Inc. Clipper City's Coast Guard certification was revoked shortly thereafter due to a hull failure.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.
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.
- 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.
- Wisconsin Maritime Museum Exhibits
- Former owner's website[permanent dead link]
- Naval architects DeJong & Lebet, Inc.
- WJZ-TV article, "Baltimore's Clipper City Tall Ship Sold"[permanent dead link]
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