The 2447 ton clipper Champion of the Seas was launched on April 19, 1854 .. the largest sailing ship in trade afloat and as fast as she was beautiful. On one of her noon-to-noon runs she covered 465 nautical miles which stands as a record to this day. Between 1854 and 1868 this magnificent clipper carried 5300 emigrants from Liverpool, England to Melbourne, Australia during 15 voyages. The forebears of hundreds of thousands of today’s Australians first glimpsed their new homeland from the deck of this stately ship. The Champion of the Seas is a collection of Champion material that has survived the 140 years that separates her time and ours.
320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. #291021