Game Cock (clipper)

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United States
Name: Game Cock
Owner: Daniel C. Bacon, Boston, MA
Builder: Samuel Hall, East Boston, MA
Launched: Dec. 21, 1850
Out of service: Feb. 1880
Fate: Condemned Feb. 1880 at the Cape of Good Hope
Notes: “Designed by Samuel H. Pook or Samuel Hall (disputed)”
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 1391 tons
Length: 200 ft (61 m) LOA
Beam: 40 ft (12 m)
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Notes: 2 decks [1]

The Game Cock was a clipper ship known for its long sailing life of 29 years and 2 months.[1] Its principal route was the New York to San Francisco run.


A game cock with neck extended served as the ship's figurehead. Game Cock was considered either a medium or extreme clipper.[2] Its materials were similar to the Surprise.[3]


Game Cock sailed between New York City and San Francisco. The ship put in for repairs in Rio de Janeiro in 1851, and made voyages to Bombay in 1851, and Batavia in 1859.[2]


  1. ^ a b Crothers, William L. (1997). The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, Details. Camden, ME: International Marine. pp. xv. ISBN 0070145016. 
  2. ^ a b Bruzelius, lars (1998-04-09). "Clipper ships: "Game Cock" (1850)". The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ "The New Clipper Ship "Game Cock", of Boston.". Boston Daily Atlas. 1851-01-29. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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