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The ''Sweepstakes''

  • Ship
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A “Fast Cutter” of the famed “California Trade Line”, “Sweepstakes” was 216 feet long with a beam of 40 feet. Launched in 1853, “Sweepstakes” was made famous by completing a Commerce Run from New York to Bombay, India in just 74 days (under sail!). Later assigned to the New York to California Route - “Sweepstakes” transported many Gold Miners, Settlers and supplies. Painted black (as most American Clippers were), “Sweepstakes” was identified by a large Gold stripe painted around her Hull. Almost sunk in a collision with the Clipper “Kathay”, she narrowly missed disaster. Entered into a final “race” from New York to San Francisco – the prize was $10,000 (USD). The race involved 7 other ships. “Sweepstakes” came in 7th at 94 days. Sold to an Australian Trading Company, she worked in regional waters until 1862 (when she was declared unfit and broken up).