Flying Spur (clipper)

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Career Great Britain
Name: Flying Spur
Owner: John Robertson & Co, London[1]
Builder: Alexander Hall & Sons, Aberdeen
Cost: £13.787
Launched: 1860
Out of service: 1881
Fate: Wrecked on Martin Vas, North Rock, in the South Atlantic.[2]
General characteristics
Class & type: Extreme clipper
Tons burthen: 732
Length: 184 ft.
Beam: 31 ft. 4 in.
Draught: 19 ft. 4 in.

Flying Spur was a British Tea Clipper, built of teak and greenheart in 1860.[2]

Voyages in the tea trade[edit]

For twenty years, Flying Spur sailed with cargoes of tea between London and the Chinese port of Foochow, with voyages to Canton, Nagasaki, and Deal as well.[2]

"On 13 February 1881 she stranded on Martin Vas, North Rock in South Atlantic, having aboard cargo of coal and crew of 18 (compared to 36 in her days as tea clipper)."[1]

The Great Tea Race of 1866[edit]

Along with nine other ships, Flying Spur sailed from China to England in The Great Tea Race of 1866, but was not considered a contender, as she left on the 6th of June; the favorites had already departed on May 30 and June 1.[3] Flying Spur placed fourth in the Tea Race of 1867, "(116 days with 49,710 lbs tea). First was Ariel (102 days, 1,283,000 lbs tea).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Aberdeen City Council (2010). "Aberdeen Ships, Flying Spur". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Lars Bruzelius (2003-04-28). "Clipper Ships: "Flying Spur" (1860)". Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  3. ^ Lars Bruzelius (September 12, 1866). "The Great Tea Race, 1866". The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-02-21.