A former name retained. Lauchlan McKay was born in Nova Scotia in 1811. As a youth, he served as a carpenter in frigate Constellation. He later won fame as a naval architect and as proprietor of a shipyard in Boston which built clipper ships that set world records for speed. He was a brother of Donald McKay, who designed and built famed Flying Cloud.
(BAK-2: t. 2,392; l. 256'7"; b. 42'7"; dr. 20'9'; T. N3-M-A1)
Lauchlan McKay was laid down under Maritime Commission contract by Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Inc., Camden, N.J., 10 December 1942; launched 27 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Beatrice Taft; and transferred to the United Kingdom in December 1943 under lend-lease provisions. Apparently she served as a coastal cargo ship with the British Merchant Shipping Mission and was returned to the United States 21 July 1947. In the early 1950ís she was sold to W. R. Chamberline & Co., Portland, Oreg., and renamed C. Trader.