No expense was spared and only the best building materials were used ( mahogany , teak , brass , copper ). Their length-to-width ratio was over 5: 1, which corresponds to an extreme clipper. Some consider them to be the first real clipper, although this attribute is more the Rainbow , as their construction was even more similar to the subsequent clipper ships. She first drove on the South America trip via Cape Horn to Callao (port of Lima , Peru ) and Chile . After the death of the owner in 1837, it changed hands. The new owners, William E. Howland and William H. Aspinwall from New York, commissioned Wm. Griffith and Donald McKay , the most famous clipper builders of the time, to appraise the ship as a second hand. Both were delighted. The Ann McKim made remarkable voyages on her old courses. From 1839 their sailing area changed to East Asia ( tea trade ). After initial problems (150-day voyage), the ship achieved first-class results in the tea voyage (79-day voyage from New York to Anjer (Sunda Strait)). After being sold to a Chilean shipping company in 1847, its area of operation moved to the Pacific (47-day trip San Francisco - Valparaíso 1850).
In 1851 the left Ann McKim under Captain Van Pelt, the United States with course Chile. Then it was launched and canceled a year later in Valparaíso.