The Large Packet Ship Dreadnought
“She’s the Liverpool Packet- O Lord, let her go!”
The Dreadnought, in her ten years running in the Atlantic Packet Service, made for herself such a name that she is still remembered: “The wild boat of the Atlantic ,” As she was called owing to the way in which she was driven by her commander, Captain Samuel Samuels, was often to be observed plunging by under topgallant sails, in a howling westerly gale, her decks hidden in spray. When other ships were lying hove-to. She was built in Newburyport Massachusetts, by Currier & Townsend for New York owners, by whom she was ordered especially for Samuels. She was and immediate success, so that Samuels offered to sell her cargoes on a specified date, or lose his freight. And the boast proved no vain one. In 1869, she was caught in a calm off Tierra Del Fuego, and was thrown ashore by a heavy swell, became a total wreck.
Built in 1853, this flyer holds the transatlantic speed record for sailing ships, with a length of 200 feet, and a beam of 39 feet, she once made the New York to Cobb Ireland run in 9 days, 17 hours
Erected by Merri-Mar Yacht Basin.
Location. 42° 49.403′ N, 70° 53.291′ W. Marker is in Newburyport, Massachusetts,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Approach to Carr's Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward Rawson (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers and Sailors of Newburyport 1861-1864 (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers of All Wars Marker (approx. half a mile away); “The Volunteer” (approx. half a mile away); William Lloyd Garrison (approx. 1.1 miles away); Watts' Cellar (approx. 1.2 miles away); Coast Guard Bicentennial Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburyport.
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