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Clipper ship

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Clipper ship, 19th-century sailing ship, the fastest ever built. Clippers evolved from the Baltimore clippers. They were built in the United States and later in Britain. They had a very large area of sail, relied on a good crew, and traded with China and Australia, where speed paid off. Two famous ships were Donald McKay's Lightning and the British Cutty Sark (now at Greenwich, England).

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