The term given to Cape Horners which, during the latter half of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century, carried Californian grain around Cape Horn to the US east coast, and to Europe. ‘Down Easter’ comes from the phrase ‘down east’, at that time a US term for the coasts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut where these medium-sized clipper ships were built. Nowadays ‘Down East’ usually describes only the coast of Maine, especially north and east of Mt Desert Island.
Lubbock, B., The Down Easters (1929).
Subjects: Maritime History.