N.B. Palmer (clipper)

Clipper ship N.B. Palmer
Career United States
Owner: A.A. Low & Brother, New York
Builder: Westervelt & MacKay
Launched: 1851
Career Norway
Owner: Registered in Arendal, Norway
Out of service: 1892
Fate: Abandoned in the North Atlantic at 45°N, 43°W
General characteristics
Class and type: Clipper
Length: 202 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 38 ft. 6 in.
Draught: 21 ft. 11 in.
Notes: "Sailed from Shanghai to New York in the record time of 82 days (64 from Anjer)"[1]

The 'N.B. Palmer' was a clipper ship owned by A.A. Low & Brother which was active in the China trade.

One report states that the N.B. Palmer was "the first clipper ship out of New York to China."[2]

In 1858–1859 the N.B. Palmer, with her 28-year-old Captain Hingham tied the record of 82 days for the Shanghai to New York run.[3]

N.B. Palmer was named after explorer, sailing captain, and ship designer Nathaniel Palmer. Along with the Sweepstakes, she was perhaps the most famous clipper built in New York's Westervelt yard. In China N.B. Palmer was known as "the Yacht", and with her nettings in the tops, brass guns, gold stripe, and her lavish entertainment on the Fourth of July and Washington's Birthday, she well deserved the title. A full-rigged model of the N.B. Palmer was exhibited at The Crystal Palace, London, in 1851, and attracted much attention as a fine example of the American clipper ship.[4]


See also

External links


  1. ^ Lars Bruzelius (1996). ""Clipper ships: 'N.B. Palmer'"". http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Ships/Clippers/NB_Palmer%281851%29.html. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  2. ^ Martha A Crosley Graham (2006). ""Santa Barbara, Ventura County, & San Luis Obispo Biographies"". http://ca-files.biofiles.us/Storke261-273.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-20. ""CAPTAIN CHARLES P. LOW…of Santa Barbara, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1824 ... hen he shipped for Rio Janeiro, then on the Houqua, Captain N. B. Palmer, the first clipper ship out of New York to China."" 
  3. ^ Ross, Donald Gunn, III. "Minnehaha figurehead". p. 68. http://www.eraoftheclipperships.com/page68.html. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ The clipper ship era: an epitome of famous American and British clipper ships, their owners, builders, commanders, and crews, 1843–1869 (1910) by Arthur Hamilton Clark, page 162, ISBN 978-0548095812.

Further reading

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Clipper — This article is about the 19th century sailing ships. For other uses, see Clipper (disambiguation). Clipper Ship Lightning an American clipper ship of the 1850s …   Wikipedia

  • Clipper route — The Clipper Route followed by ships sailing between England and Australia/New Zealand. In sailing, the clipper route was the traditional route sailed by clipper ships between Europe and the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. The route ran from… …   Wikipedia

  • Palmer, Nathaniel — ▪ American explorer in full  Nathaniel Brown Palmer  born Aug. 8, 1799, Stonington, Conn., U.S. died June 21, 1877, San Francisco, Calif.       American sea captain and explorer after whom Palmer Land, a stretch of western Antarctic coast and… …   Universalium

  • Nathaniel Palmer — Nathaniel Brown Palmer Born August 8, 1799(1799 08 08) Stonington, Connecticut Died June 21, 1877( …   Wikipedia

  • List of clipper ships — This transport related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. At the crest of the clipper wave year of 1852, there were 200 clippers rounding Cape Horn. Notable examples of the clipper ship include …   Wikipedia

  • Memnon (clipper) — This article is about a ship. For other meanings, see Memnon. Career (United States) …   Wikipedia

  • Medium clipper — A Medium clipper is a type of clipper designed for both cargo carrying capacity and speed. An evolutionary adaptation of the extreme clipper, the medium clipper had been invented by 1851, when the hull type appeared in U.S. shipyards. Medium… …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch clipper — While the majority of the clipper ships sailed under British and American flags, more than a hundred clippers were built in the Netherlands. They were medium clippers rather than the larger extreme clipper. At an exhibition in Amsterdam in 1852… …   Wikipedia

  • Ocean Telegraph / Light Brigade (clipper) — Career Name: Ocean Telegraph / Light Brigade Owner: 1854: Reed, Wade & …   Wikipedia

  • Cremorne (clipper) — Cremorne Career (United States) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.