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Richard Allison

"American Phoenix: The Great Republic

Oil, 20 x 30-inches

Designed by legendary naval architect Donald McKay, the Great Republic was the largest wooden clipper ship of all time.  While fitting out in New York in December, 1853 a pierside fire destroyed her as well as several other vesseks.  Burned to the waterline, the Great Republic was rebuilt with a much smaller rig.   She continued in service until 1872.  

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