Staffordshire

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This is an old engraving showing the Clipper ship Staffordshire as she appeared leaving Boston harbor on her first passage to Liverpool in 1851. The Staffordshire was built by Donald McKay at Boston 1851 for Train & Co., White Diamond Line of Boston and Liverpool Packets. Dimensions: 230ft × 41ft. On December 9th 1853 she left Liverpool for Boston with 214 persons on board including the crew. On December 24th the rudder-head was sprung in a heavy gale and the bowsprit was carried away the next day and it brought down the foremast with it. On December 29th she struck on Blonde Rock at Seal Islands, Cape Sable. Capt. Richardson and 169 other passengers and crew lost their lives as the ship went down.

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