Fiery Cross (clipper)
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Owner:||John Campbell, Glasgow|
|Builder:||Shipyard at Chaloner, Liverpool|
|Notes:||Arrived fourth in The Great Tea Race of 1866|
|Out of service:||1889 or 1893|
|Class and type:||Clipper ship|
|Length:||185 ft (56 m)|
|Beam:||31.7 ft (9.7 m)|
|Depth:||19.2 ft (5.9 m)|
|Notes:||Designed by William Rennie. Equipped with Cunningham's roller-reefing top-sails and steel masts.|
She was the second Tea Clipper of this name; the first Fiery Cross, built in 1855 had the same owner, designer and was also built in Liverpool. This earlier ship was lost on an uncharted reef in the China Sea on 4 March 1860 (the crew reached land safely in her boats). The new ship was already being built and so took on the name of her predecessor.
Great Tea Race of 1866
Laden with close to a million pounds of tea, Fiery Cross raced nine other ships from China to England in The Great Tea Race of 1866. The first five ships, the Taiping, Ariel, Serica, Fiery Cross, and Taitsing, finished a 14,000 mile race within three days of each other. Fiery Cross arrived fourth, in "the closest run ever recorded." 
Fiery Cross had the best overall 24-hour run of all the competitors in this race on 24 June, when she traveled 318 miles, averaging 13.7 knots.
- MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833-1875. Conway Maritime Press Limited. pp. 120–123. ISBN 0 85177 256 0.
- Lars Bruzelius (1996, 1847). "Cunningham's Patent Self-Reefing Topsails". Retrieved 2010-02-19. Check date values in:
- Lars Bruzelius (12 September 1866). "The Great Tea Race, 1866". The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
The Taeping took in 1,108,700 lbs. of tea, the Ariel 1,230,900 lbs., the Serica 954,236 lbs., the Fiery Cross 854,236 lbs., and the Taitsing 1,093,130 lbs.
- Arthur H. Clark (1911). "The clipper ship era; an epitome of famous American and British clipper ships, their owners, builders, commanders, and crews, 1843-1869". G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 330. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
The best twenty -four hours' runs were as follows : Average, Ariel June 25 317 miles 13.2 knots ... Fiery Cross June 24 328 miles 13.7 knots
- Lubbock, Basil (1919). The China Clippers (4th ed.). Glasgow: James Brown & Son. p. 155.