Shooting Star (clipper)
|Owner:||Reed & Wade, Boston|
|Builder:||James. O. Curtis, Medford, MA|
|Launched:||Feb. 8, 1851|
|Acquired:||Sold to a merchant from Bangkok, Thailand in 1862|
|Fate:||Wrecked in 1867, off the coast of Formosa|
|Class & type:||Extreme clipper|
|Tons burthen:||903 tons|
|Length:||171 ft (52 m). LOA|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m) |
Shooting Star was a extreme clipper built in 1851 near Boston, in Medford, MA. She was the first "real clipper" to be built in Medford, and sailed in the San Francisco, China, and Far East trades. According to Howe and Matthews, she was known as "one of the fastest of the small clippers."
The Shooting Star was partially dismasted on its maiden voyage was from Boston to San Francisco, and had to put in at Rio for repairs, completing its voyage in 124 days. The second voyage from Boston to San Francisco was faster, with a time of 105 days.
Voyages in 1853 and 1855 from New York to San Francisco were completed in 123 and 116 days.
After 1856, Shooting Star sailed in the Asia and China trade.
The Shooting Star made a 264 day circumnavigation.
- A second Shooting Star was built by Reed, Wade, and Co. in 1849. It was a 947 ton medium clipper. This ship was captured and burned by the Chickamauga, a Confederate privateer, on Oct. 31, 1864, when it was on a voyage from New York to Panama.
- An extreme clipper built in 1851, the Ino, was renamed Shooting Star after its sale in 1867. It was later re-rigged as a bark.
- A 1518 ton Class A1 ship named Shooting Star was built in Quebec in 1853.
- Gleason, Hall (1937). Old Ships and Ship-Building Days of Medford. Medford, MA: J.C. Miller. p. 73.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Howe, Octavius T.; Matthews, Frederic C. (1927). American Clipper Ships, 1833-1858. 2, Malay - Young Mechanic. Salem, MA. pp. 571–573.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Bruzelius, Lars (1997). "The New Clipper Ship "Shooting Star", of Boston". "Boston Daily Atlas", March 6, 1851. The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved October 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Portrait of the clipper Shooting Star, Royal Museums Greenwich Art Prints