Flying Cloud plans drawn by Scott Bradner


This is a set of plans for the Donald McKay 1851 clipper ship Flying Cloud that IÕve been working on.


Because no actual original plans for the ship ever existed and no photographs have ever been identified, any set of plans will be, by definition, wrong. That said, some of the existing paintings and plans of the ship are likely more accurate than others and there are a few documents, contemporary and otherwise, documents that describe the Flying Cloud, about sailing ships, and in some cases, about clipper ship construction.  See How do we know what the Flying Cloud looked like?


I have used what seemed to me to be the best ones to guide my work.  I have identified my sources on the individual plans.   See other sections of this web site for different types of information about the Flying Cloud and about clipper ships in general.


I claim copyright on these plans but anyone can make copies.  You need to retain my copyright notice on any copies you make and must not represent that you, or someone else, created the plans.  You must give me specific credit (and a link to my website) if you create copies for others.  You are free to sell copies of the plans if you want - either the plans by themselves or as part of a kit - but you must adhere to the above requirements.


I have been working on these plans for a while and it will be a while before they are complete.  Check back from time to time to see if I have uploaded any new plans.  Also I will be fixing problems as I find them in the plans IÕve already uploaded so check the uploaded date for each file in the list below for new versions.


Please let me know if you find any errors in the plans:


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Whole Ship Drawings


Mast Related Drawings


Deck Furniture


Yard and Boom Related Drawings


Standing Rigging

                  Some of the standing rigging drawings can be found below under Transverse Views


Transverse Views


Running Rigging

                                    Most of the running rigging drawings can be found above under the Transverse Views




Cross Sections


Bulkhead Templates


Rigging Lists



Some of my old drawings

                  Colorful but incorrect Deck Plan