Ambassador (clipper)

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Coordinates: 52°34′03″S 70°04′07″W / 52.5675294°S 70.0685374°W / -52.5675294; -70.0685374

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British Ambassador
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Ambassador
Owner: W. Lund & Co
Builder: William Walker, Lavender Dry Dock, London
Launched: 1869
Out of service: 1896
Status: Condemned 1895
General characteristics
Class & type: Composite clipper
Tonnage: 692 GRT[1]
Length: 176.0 ft (53.6 m) [1]
Beam: 31.3 ft (9.5 m)[1]
Depth: 19.1 ft (5.8 m)[1]
Sail plan: fully rigged ship
barque(from 1874)[1]

Ambassador was a British Tea Clipper.

She was a composite clipper, built with wooden planking over an iron skeleton and was Lund's first tea clipper.

Her fastest crossing between China and England was 108 days, in 1872. Though considered a fast ship, Ambassador was said to be "very cranky and overmasted".[2] Her first passage to the UK from Foochow came during the Tea Race of 1870 under Captain Duggan and took 115 days, a mediocre performance; that same year the fastest tea passage, also from Foochow, was made by the clipper Lahloo in just 98 days.

Her beached skeleton, in Estancia San Gregorio, Chile, was declared a historical monument in 1973.[3]

The skeletal remains of the Ambassador[4][5] are an example of a dwindling number of composite ship constructions. Better preserved examples of composite construction include:


  1. ^ a b c d e f MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833-1875. Conway Maritime Press Limited. p. 194. ISBN 0 85177 256 0. 
  2. ^ Lubbock, The China Clippers, page 302
  3. ^ Seidel, Guido. "Last port: ULTIMO PUERTO DE AMARRE - AMBASSADOR" (in Spanish). HISTARMAR - Historia y Arqueologia Marítima. Retrieved 2010-02-23 (including pictures). 
  4. ^ "Chile - Magellan Strait - wreck of clipper Ambassador near Estancia San Gergorio". Flickr. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ (Photo) Ambassador - Estancia San Gregorio, XII Región, Chile.