Sovereign of the Seas was a clipper ship launched in 1852. She was built by Donald McKay of East Boston in the U.S.A. She was the first ship to travel more than 400 miles in 24 hours. On the second leg of her maiden voyage, she set a record passage from Honolulu Hawaii to New York, arriving in 82 days. She then broke the record to liverpool England, making the passage in 13 days, 13.5 hours. In 1853 she was chartered by James Baines & Co. of the Black Ball Line, Liverpool for the Australia trade. On that route in 1854, she recorded the fastest speed ever for a sailing ship, logging 22 knots.