Mary Robinson (clipper)
|Owner:||E.M. Robinson, New Bedford, MA|
|Builder:||Trufant and Drummond, Bath, ME|
|Notes:||Marryat ID number, 3rd, 2-7-9-3|
|Class and type:||Medium clipper|
|Tons burthen:||1371 tons|
|Beam:||38 ft. 6 in.|
|Notes:||2 decks. Named after the wife of the owner.|
Mary Robinson made six voyages, from Boston to New York and then to San Francisco. In 1864, Mary ran her fastest run in 115 days. She was accompanied by Carrier Dove (Clipper) Carrier Dove off Cape Horn on this trip, and beat Carrier Dove to San Francisco by 18 days.
On her maiden run, Mary Robinson was not as fortunate. She spent 30 days rounding Cape Horn in "heavy gales and continual snow storms."
Mary Robinson made a very fast passage in 1858. She made it in 58 days from San Francisco to Melbourne, continuing with 40 days from Melbourne to Honolulu.
Guano trade and loss of the ship
In 1858, Mary Robinson loaded guano at Jarvis Island for New York. Mary Robinson was lost June 27, 1864, on a voyage from San Francisco at Howland’s Island, in the Pacific, Lat 1 N Lon 176 W. She was loading guano when a squall drove her up on the reef. The next day she slid off and sunk in deep water, with 1300 tons of guano aboard.
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