|The Panama, launched in the spring of 1867 from the MacKenzie yard
under the operation of Charles MacLennan Sr., set a record for the fastest
passage from Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England, in July of the same year.
The barque was under the command of Captain Thomas MacKenzie, age 24, and
his still younger first mate, when she encountered a severe gale approaching
the gut of Canso. Despite heavy seas which broke over the ship, Captain
Thomas decided to run before the gale rather than ride it out, and putting
on all the canvas that the Panama could safely carry, made the passage
to Liverpool in 12 days and three hours.
The Colonial Standard of October 6, 1868, describes further accomplishments
of the Panama:
(Compiled by Sarah Hockin)