Arguably the most beautiful sailing ships of all times, the rakish Baltimore clippers had an influence on American history and naval architecture far out of proportion to their brief lifespan. During the War of 1812, their dramatically superior speed enabled privateersmen to repeatedly destroy heavily escorted British convoys. One audacious American commander even went so far as to nail a notice to the door of Lloyd's of London declaring the British Isles under siege! The losses suffered by British commerce were catastrophic. Far more than the highly publicized battles between British and American frigates like the Java and the Constitution, the depredations of the Baltimore clippers helped bring the War of 1812 to a close.
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YA--Ships of the early 19th century were built primarily to transport men and cargo, therefore making them very slow and cumbersome. The Baltimore Clippers, on the other hand, were built for speed and performance and could go as fast as 11-12 knots per hour. Gillmer describes how they were originally de signed to harrass British naval vessels and came to play a major part in Ameri ca's victory in the War of 1812. He also recounts how they were later used for various business enterprises. Much of the book concentrates on technical de tails in the building of these ships and includes illustrations and diagrams of the clippers in various stages of con struction.
-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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