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Clipper 'Red Jacket'

'Red Jacket' was a clipper ship, one of the largest and fastest ever built. She was also the first ship of the White Star Line company, She was named after Sagoyewatha, a famous Seneca Indian chief, called "Red Jacket" by settlers. She was designed by Samuel Hartt Pook, built by George Thomas in Rockland, Maine, and launched in 1853. At Liverpool she had her bottom coppered and cabins fitted out for the Australian immigrant trade.
Red Jacket was purchased by Pilkington & Wilcox and other Liverpool investors with registry changing on April 24, 1854. (Most secondary sources say that the vessel was bought by the British a year later, copying a mistake made by earlier historians.) She was then chartered by the White Star Line for a run to Melbourne, Australia. Under Captain Samuel Reid (who owned 1/16 of her), she reached in Melbourne in 69 days. Only one clipper, James Baines, ever made the run faster.
Red Jacket served in the immigrant trade until 1861, when she became an Australian and Indian coastal freighter.
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