the Californian excitement continued without let-up, shipbuilders were
encouraged to design and produce vessels whose speed, and ability to
work in light winds and across belts of calm, guaranteed swift passage
to El Dorado. These ships were the extreme "California Clippers"—queens
of the sea between 1850 and 1855, so long as passenger traffic covered
their deficiencies as cargo carriers and the high wages paid their
regardless of their defects and the motives of their building,
sky-scraping masts, sharp hulls and spread of sail combined to make the
clipper ship one of the loveliest of American inventions.
The sailing notice at the right refers to the R.B. Forbes pictured below. Samuel Hall built her at East Boston in 1851.