Flying Fish: American clipper 1851

$370.00 $259.95

American Clipper Ship 1851



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Donald McKay, one of the greatest designers of his time, built the Flying Fish in East Boston Massachusetts, 1851. The Flying Fish was registered at the Boston Custom House as a ship of 1,505 tons, hull length of 207 feet, and a beam of 22 feet. She sailed from New York to San Francisco in 92 days – only three days short of the record set by her sister ship, the Flying Cloud.

Kit: Plank on Frame Construction

This kit features a laser-cut basswood keel and 21-piece bulkhead set. Stem, stern, rudder, stern pieces are also laser cut.
The hull is planked with individual basswood strips, and we supply self-adhesive copper coil to sheath it below the waterline. Masts, yards, and spars are high-quality beech. Rigging plan is faithful to the original, with three diameters each of black standing and white running rigging, plus 200 wooden deadeyes and 225 blocks in various sizes. Eyebolts, backing links and ship’s bell is solid brass.
Virtually every detail of the real clipper ship is reproduced to perfection and Britannia metal fittings are expertly cast to ensure scale accuracy.
You’ll also find a figurehead, anchors, five ship’s boats, capstans, binnacle, mast caps, windows and ladders, chocks, davits, and stanchions; even the cabin stove!
The kit also includes: Six sheets of beautifully drawn plans and a 56-page step-by-step instruction manual by noted naval architect, Ben Lankford, assure trouble-free completion of a magnificent replica.
Note: Display base and brass pedestals not included.

Dimensions: Length: 36″ Height: 22-1/2″ Scale: 1/96