Harriet Hoxie (clipper)

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Owner: Post, Smith & Co., Mystic, CT
Builder: Irons & Grinnell, Mystic, CT
Launched: 1851
Owner: Callaux, Wattell & Co., Antwerp
Port of registry: 22x20px Belgium}
Acquired: 1859 [1]
General characteristics

The Harriet Hoxie was a clipper for the United States acquired in 1859.


In 1852, New York to San Francisco, 120 days net, under Capt. P.E. Rowland. She put into Valparaiso under jury rig for repairs for 12 days. Her best day on this trip was 311 mi., 16 knots. In 1853, New York to San Francisco, 140 days, under Capt. Manwaring. She spent 30 days off Cape Horn, and lost a fore yard. In 1855, Philadelphia to San Francisco, 128 days, under Capt. Manwaring.[2]

First whale oil charter from Honolulu

"Sept. 7, 1852, ship Harriet Hoxie, 671 tons, Rowland master. 11 1/2 days from San Francisco, to load oil and bone for New Bedford, sailing in November. This was probably the first clipper chartered for this service, to permit whaleships to continue their cruising. Prior shipments of this nature had been largely done by whalers returning east if they had cargo space, otherwise, the lucky "full" ships had to break up their cruise and go home with their catch before the three years' voyage they usually outfitted for was up."[3]

Imported first Brown Leghorn chickens

"In 1850 a Captain Gates on the ship Harriet Hoxie brought from Leghorn, Italy, to Mystic, Connecticut the first recognized importation of Brown Leghorns. They were left with Mr. Russell Brown, a stable-keeper, who bred and disseminated them over New England."[4]

Shipment of law books

During the wild and lawless Gold Rush era of San Francisco, in 1853, an ad ran in the "Daily Alta California", announcing a shipment of "Law Books! Received by Lecount and Strong, per clipper Harriet Hoxie.[5]

Description by a stowaway

A description of a voyage on the Harriet Hoxie around the Horn, from Hawaii to New London, CT, was written by N. Bryon Smith, a former crew member of the whaler Nile, of Greenport, NY. Smith stowed away on Harriet Hoxie in Hawaii in order to return home.[6]


  1. Howe, Octavius T; Matthews, Frederick C. (1986 reprint of 1926-1927 ed.). American Clipper Ships 1833-1858. Volume 1, Adelaide-Lotus. New York: Dover Publications. p. 259. ISBN 04865152. 
  2. Cutler, Carl C. (1960). Greyhounds of the Sea. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute. pp. 482, 490, 498. 
  3. Thrum, Thomas G (1920), "Famous American Clippers Visiting Honolulu", All about Hawaii. The recognized book of authentic information on Hawaii, combined with Thrum's Hawaiian annual and standard guide. Hawaiian annual for 1921. The reference book of information and statistics relating to the territory of Hawaii., 47th year, Honolulu, HI: Thos. G. Thrum, p. 30, http://books.google.com/books?id=4I8LAAAAIAAJ&dq=famous%20american%20clippers%20visiting%20honolulu&lr&num=100&as_brr=1&pg=RA4-PA27#v=onepage&q=famous%20american%20clippers%20visiting%20honolulu&f=false 
  4. Schrider, Don T (Nov. 1, 1994). brown leghorns-a015881825 "Raising brown leghorns". Raising brown leghorns. The Free Library. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Raising brown leghorns-a015881825. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  5. "Law Books! Received by Lecount and Strong, per clipper Harriet Hoxie". Daily Alta California (San Francisco, CA). Sept. 3, 1853. http://www.maritimeheritage.org/news/lawbooks.html. 
  6. Smith, N. Byron. Narrative of N. Byron Smith. Microform archival material. pp. 148.