Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

Ellen Prentiss’s father was a trading ship captain in Massachusetts in the early 1800’s. Even though she was a girl, Captain Prentiss taught his daughter seamanship and how to navigate the seas using a sextant and chronometer. Ellen loved sailing and using her knowledge of the stars, moon, and sun to cross the waters. Later, Ellen, as navigator, and her husband, Perkins Creesy as captain, successfully sailed cargo ships in established shipping lanes. The Creesy’s then had the wonderful opportunity to sail an extreme clipper, called the Flying Cloud. Clipper ships were much different than other sailing vessels, they were sleek and lightweight and designed for speed...

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