Clipper Ship Card for Clipper Silver Star
The publication of clipper ship sailing cards began in 1853 and continued through the Civil War, reflecting the enormous increase in commerce between the east and west coasts after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in California.
Employees of the shipping companies distributed them to commission merchants and exporters as soon as a ship's schedule was determined. This one of the Clipper Silver Star with Capt. Wade at the helm. The card measures 3in x 5 1/2 in.