|Owner:||Barclay & Livingston|
|Builder:||William H. Webb|
|Class and type:||Extreme clipper|
|Tons burthen:||1,036 tons|
|Length:||169 ft. 6 in.|
|Beam:||36 ft. 6 in.|
“On her first passage out to San Francisco a race was arranged for large stakes between her and the Flying-fish, a Boston record-breaker, built by the great designer, Donald McKay. The Sword-fish won, making the trip in ninety-two days,—the second best record ever made,—her rival taking ninety-eight days.” 
- Bruzelius, Lars (1998-08-13). "Sailing Ships: Swordfish (1851)". The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved Oct 2, 2011.
- Bank of the Manhattan Company, Walton Advertising and Printing Company (1915). Ships and shipping of old New York: a brief account of the interesting ... Boston, Mass.: International Marine. p. 56. ISBN 0-07-014501-6.
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