Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Swift of Ipswich"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Swift of Ipswich
Registered port:Los Angeles
Nation:USA
Type of rigging:TOPPSEGELSCHONER
Year built:1937
Yard:W.A. Robinson Inc., Ipswich
Overall length:31.40 m
Length (hull):21.00 m
Breadth:5.50 m
Draught:2.70 m
Sail area:530 m2
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood
Power:165 PS
Engine:General Motors Diesel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 31 Mar 2000

  • built after the lines of the "Swift", a fast sailing vessel from the 18th century by W.A. Robinson in 1937, the original ship was rigged as a brig, "Swift of Ipswich" carries a topsail schooner rig
  • owned by William and James Cagney (actor in Hollywood) from 1940 to 1958, later she served as a charter boat in California
  • since 1963 she was operated by the Swift Associates Ltd. before she came to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute in 1991
  • now she sails short voyages in a youth program (TOPSAIL): "our goal is never to be in a port when we ought to be at sea, never to turn a kid away for lack of money, and never to sail with empty berth"
  • awarded by the ASTA as "The Sail Training Ship of the Year" 1995

Contact:

Website (English, 15 Feb 2000):
http://www.tollway.com/swift/
The Swift of Ipswich: historical information, drawings, specification and pictures, her youth program and other projects and a Los Angeles Maritime Institute Fact Sheet

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
Page: 362 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
"Sail Tall Ships! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea"
2000 ISBN: 0-9636483-5-7
(12th Edition)
Page: 243 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact

Thaddeus Koza
"Tall Ships - the Fleet of the 21th Century"
Tide-Mark Press, East Hartford 2000 ISBN: 1-55949-551-0
(http://www.tallshipsinternational.com/)
Page: 164 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 414 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
"Sail Tall Ships! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea"
2007 ISBN: 978-0-9799878-0-9
(17th Edition)
Page: 276 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact