By Sam Jefferson
Within the period of industrial sail, clipper ships have been the last word expression of velocity and style. Racing out to the gold fields of the US and Australia, and breaking velocity files sporting tea again from China, the ships mixed good looks with breathtaking performance.
With over 2 hundred lovely work and illustrations, and exciting descriptions of the adventures and races at the water, this gorgeous ebook brings the period vividly to life.
-The origins of the clippers-from the gold rush to the tea trade
-A hell send voyage with «Bully» Waterman, probably the most winning and infamous captains of the era
-Marco Polo, the quickest send within the world-her upward push to prominence and next decline
-Mary Pattens conflict with Cape Horn-a woman captain takes cost in a truly male world
-Mutiny aboard the «wild boat of the Atlantic»
-The nice China tea race of 1866-an amazingly shut race internationally, purely determined within the ultimate few miles
-The Sir Lancelot defies the odds-her eccentric captains and contention with the mythical Thermopylae
-The Cutty Sarks longest voyage
First-hand debts, newspaper experiences and log entries upload attention-grabbing eyewitness element, while the beautiful photographs express how the designs of those thoroughbreds built over the years.
A magnificent learn and useful party of those racehorses of the ocean.
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His fate was sealed. The Flying Cloud loading at New York prior to her record-breaking maiden voyage. This sail plan of the Challenge illustrates the proportions of the massive spars that Waterman insisted she carried. The Challenge at sea. This picture must have been painted later in her life as her sail plan seems much more modest than originally specified. During the fitting out of the clipper, Waterman clashed with her designer, William Webb, who originally specified a more manageable sail plan.
As an example, the tea clipper, Leander was launched in 1868 and was so sharp that her hold could not be filled before her load line was underwater. This was not practical, but her lines were irresistible and somehow that was more important. Lying in the River Min in 1869, the tea clippers Ariel, Thermopylae and Serica await their tea cargoes. As I grew older I took to the sea myself and it was here that I fully realised what we had lost. Picture, if you will, a perfectly proportioned clipper, all graceful overhangs and shining brass; bigger sister to the gleamingly preserved classic yachts that still gather off St Tropez and La Spezia every summer.
By 1853, these smaller clippers were beginning to reassert British dominance on the tea trade. This image of one of the early paddle steamers shows how unsuitable they were for operating in heavy seas. Clipper ships were far more capable of riding out a storm in safety. A prospector panning for gold. A selection of cards, used to advertise the sailing of a clipper from New York. The Flying Cloud running before a freshening breeze. This American clipper, built in 1851 by Donald McKay, was to prove one of the fastest of them all.