Here are some images of Artesania Latinas 1/50 scale Baltimore Clipper
Harvey. In the early 19th century these fast sailing vessels were used
by the United States to carry everything from cargo to passengers to yes
even slaves. These Baltimore clippers really came into their own
however when California was incorporated into the American union in
1848. Back in those days there was no Panama canal and no railroad so
the only way to supply the western side of the union was with these
ships and the only way to get there was around the Horn of South
America. The fierce storms around the Horn demanded the ability to trim,
furl and unfurl sails quickly and ships like the Harvey fit the bill.
Baltimore clippers could go from New York to California in as fast as 90
days. It was because of ships like the Harvey that cities like San
Fransisco were able to triple their populations in as little as 10
years. Of coarse the days of these ships were numbered with the advent
of the railroad and the Panama and Suez canals and by the end of the
1870s these ships were no longer considered economically viable.