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Lightning Burnt Photograph: State Library of Victoria Allan C. Green. (H91.108/1538


The Lightning was a clipper ship with the Black Ball Line, built by Donald McKay in Boston in 1853-4.[1] In 1854, under Captain James "Bully" Forbes, this vessel set a Liverpool to Melbourne to Liverpool record never equaled for sailing ships of 5 months and 21 days. The journey to Australia was 77 days, with 20 days in Hobson's Bay, and a 63 day return.

In 1869 the Lightning was destroyed by fire in Corio Bay, Geelong while loading wool.

Passengers to Australia

John White, 1854

Also See




  1. Smyth, Dacre (1992) Immigrant Ships to Australia.