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What does ACS stand for?

ACS stands for AMERICAN CLIPPER SHIPS

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A selection of some of the most famous North American built clipper ships.
Laing, Alexander: The Sea Witch. A Narrative of the Experiences of Capt. Roger Murray and Others in an American Clipper Ship during the Years 1846 to 1856. Murray Hill Books, New York, 1944/1933. 8vo, xii, (2), 487 pp, ill, 6 pl.
Routes of the Pan American Flying Clipper ships.
From 1839, larger American clipper ships started to be built beginning with Akbar, 650 tons OM, in 1839, and including the 1844-built Houqua, 581 tons OM. These larger vessels were built predominantly for use in the China tea trade and known as "tea clippers". Smaller clipper vessels also continued to be built predominantly for the China opium trade and known as "opium clippers" such as the 1842 built Ariel, 100 tons OM.