For San Francisco Direct, The Elegant A 1 New York Built Clipper Ship Mandarin…
Black ink on matte blue stock, 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches, with a woodcut image of a ship marked "Felter SC"
The “Mandarin” was a 776 ton clipper ship launched in New York in 1850. “American Clipper Ships” refers to her as an “extreme clipper ship, the second clipper to be built for the California trade.” Stoddard, who is named on this card, was commander for her first three years, so the card dates sometime between 1850 and 1853. The text on the card refers to her as, “entirely new… it is believed she will make as quick a passage as any vessel in the trade.” So it is likely this card is as early as 1850. This, therefore, is a very early example of a clipper ship sailing card, as its rather primitive form suggests. The “Mandarin” was holder of the all-time sailing record between New York and Melbourne of 70 days in 1855. She made three California and two Australia voyages and was wrecked on a reef in the China Sea in 1864. An extraordinary card, and rare. Very good condition except for some light staining near the bottom edge.