Krewe Of Poseidon New Orleans Nola Clipper Ship Blue Mardi Gras Doubloon
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Krewe Of Poseidon New Orleans Nola Clipper Ship Blue Mardi Gras Doubloon:
You are buying ablue colored aluminum Mardi Gras doubloon in new condition from Krewe ofPoseidon inNew Orleans, Louisiana encapsulated in a coin holder..
This doubloon wascreated in 1979and commemoratesthe American Clipper Ships of 1848.
The American Clipper Ship
"By 1830 general usage had made the term clipper synonymous with fast sailing, although no specific hull type or rig was standard. After about 1845 the term was used in conjunction with a name indicating the cargo carried or area served by a fast-sailing vessel, and a specific rig and hull type usually were indicated. The more common types were the California clipper, China clipper, coffee clipper, opium clipper, and tea clipper. The California clipper, China clipper, and tea clipper were ship-rigged vessels with sharp bows and were designed for speed. The coffee and opium clippers varied in size and might be schooner, brigantine, brig, bark, or ship rigged, but were equally sharp bowed for fast sailing.
The ships having the sharpest bows, that is, those in which cargo capacity was most sacrificed for speed, were called extreme clippers. All the extreme clippers were built between 1850 and 1856. Moderately sharp-bowed vessels capable of carrying more cargo than the extreme ships were called clippers. Ships with small cargo capacity but having bows sufficiently sharp to give fairly high speed were called medium clippers or half clippers. A small proportion of the American California and China clippers were of the extreme type; medium clippers predominated.
The American clipper ship era extended only from about 1845 to 1859. Not many American clippers were launched before 1850 and few were built after 1857. In Great Britain clipper shipbuilding continued until well into the 1870s, because the British tea trade employed fast-sailing ships long after that and similar trades became unprofitable for fast American vessels. Most of the British clipper ships were of extreme models, but on the average they were smaller than the earlier American clipper ships. Some iron clipper ships were built in Great Britain, none in the U.S. Some 15 or 16 clippers were built in Canada, in Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, from 1850 to 1860. Most of the Canadian clipper ships were employed in the packet service between Great Britain and Australia. A small number of clipper ships were built in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden.
The building of medium or half clippers extended generally from 1845 to 1860. Some vessels of this description that were built after 1860 for the coffee trade were bark rigged, but were of small size compared with the earlier California and China clipper ships. From 1850 to 1860 many sharp-bowed brigantines and schooners were built on the model of the large clippers; these vessels replaced the earlier Baltimore clippers in the coastal and ocean trades.
Because of the diversity of clipper ship models, whether ships, barks, or small vessels, generalizing about their appearance is almost impossible. As conceived popularly in the 1850s, a clipper ship was a large, ship-rigged vessel having a graceful sheer (an upward curve of the lines of the hull as seen from the side), a simple, high-arched stem fitted with a figurehead, a square or a round stern, rather low freeboard when loaded, generally a very sharp bow, and an extremely large sail area. The American clipper ships depended on proportion and line for beauty rather than on carving and external decoration.
For a seagoing, cargo-carrying sailing vessel, the clipper ship was remarkably fast; claims for speeds from 16 to 18 nautical mph are common, and exceptional speeds of up to 20 knots have been documented."
"Founded in 1957 and named for the Greek God of the Sea, this Krewe presented its first ball and parade in 1958. Poseidon claims one of Mardi Gras' most collectible doubloon sets...the Sailing Ship Series (1967-1983). Created by H. Alvin Sharpe, the Father of the Doubloon, the collection included the annual issue of a coin which depicted a sea vessel of historic significance."
DETAILS ON THE DOUBLOON
The front of the doubloon showsaleft side portrait ofPoseidon (Mythical God of the Sea) holding a trident spear and accompanied by sea horses to the right and left of him. Around thebottom rimare the words "SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS...MARDI...POSEIDON GRAS."
On the reverse of the doubloonis an American Clipper Ship in the center. On the left side of the ship it says "CIRCA 1848." Above the ship are the words "AMERICAN GLORY." At the very bottom of the doubloon below the ship is the year "1979."
A great doubloon to have for your Krewe of Poseidon, American Clipper Ships or Mardi Gras doubloon collection!
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