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Black and white photograph of a painting of the Donald MacKay

Date: c 1866
Dimensions:
Overall (un-mounted): 130 x 210 mm
Overall (mounted): 180 x 266 x 2 mm
Medium: Black and white photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00047852

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    Description
    This photograph is of a painting of the clipper ship DONALD MACKAY. It is associated with a neatly written diary documents a voyage by a man named Parry on a voyage from London to Melbourne and back onboard the DONALD MACKAY.
    SignificanceThis photograph is associated with a hand-written diary of a voyage from London to Melbourne and back in 1866-1867 on the clipper ship DONALD MACKAY.
    HistoryThe DONALD MACKAY was an extreme clipper launched in 1855, at the shipyard of Donald McKay in East Boston, Massachusetts for the Black Ball Line of Liverpool.
    The vessels dimensions were 266 feet long, 46 feet 3 inches beam and 29feet 5 inches deep.

    In 1866 the ship was sold to Thomas Harrison of Liverpool, and chartered back to the Black Ball Line. It was during this time the ship sailed for Melbourne with immigrants. After 1868 the vessel was employed in general trading.

    The figurehead, which is a figure of a Highlander in the McKay tartan, is preserved at the Mystic Seaport Museum.


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