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Clipper Ship Sailing Card. Wild Rover
This 1859 clipper card presents an iconic “sail beats steam” image - an increasingly desperate illusion propagated by the clipper ship industry. A fleet horseman (representing a speedy clipper ship) outpaces and even lassos the driver of a lumbering coal wagon (symbolizing a coal-fired steamship). Alas, the voyage advertised here was anything but speedy. Four times the Wild Rover passed Cape Horn, only to be blown back and forced to try again. She finally arrived in San Francisco almost six months after leaving New York. This card measures 6 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and is printed by Nesbitt & Co. of New York. Save for a minor spot of discoloration in the upper left margin, it is in fine condition.
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
Last Found On: 2013-05-12           Check availability:      IOBABooks    

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