The Flying Fish was designed by Jeremiah Burnham and built by public subscription in
Essex, Massachusetts in 1860. Because of her unusual
construction and large sail area, she was one of the
fastest schooners in the Gloucester fishing fleet. In those
days speed was money. For over twenty years this design dominated the market
schooner class and many other shipbuilders used it as a model. Today this type of
schooner remains a popular model and is still frequently built.