Swift of Ipswich
|Name:||Swift of Ipswich|
|Builder:||W.A. Robinson Inc.|
|Notes:||Designer, Howard I. Chapelle|
|Owner:||Swift Associates Ltd.|
|Owner:||Los Angeles Maritime Institute|
|Propulsion:||165 h.p. General Motors Diesel |
Originally built in Ipswich as a private yacht, Swift of Ipswich is a reduced-scale replica of Swift, an American privateer from the Revolutionary War which was captured by the Royal Navy, transported to Britain, and deconstructed. The drawings produced from the original Swift have been used as the basis for several tall ship designs, mostly due to their completeness in an era which produced few detailed drawings (most ship designs having been scale models which have not survived intact). Soon after completion, Swift of Ipswich was sold to actor James Cagney and transported to Newport Beach, where she served as his private yacht and appeared in numerous Hollywood films. 
Swift of Ipswich participated in the Clash of the Tall Ships II in Long Beach Harbor in January, 1998.
After the delivery of the twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, Swift went into semi-retirement while fundraising proceeded to begin an extensive rebuilding, necessary after over 65 years of wear, tear, and exposure to salt water. Currently, work has begun on the reconstruction, although no firm completion date has been given.
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- The Swift of Ipswich
- TopSail Youth Program
- The Los Angeles Maritime Institute
- The Los Angeles Maritime Museum
- The American Sail Training Association