John Robertson & Co,
London [1 ]
Alexander Hall & Sons, Aberdeen
Out of service:
Wrecked on Martin Vas, North Rock, in the South Atlantic.
Class & type:
31 ft. 4 in.
19 ft. 4 in.
was a Flying Spur 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)."
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 (102 days, 1,283,000 lbs tea). Ariel [1 ]
References [ edit ]
American-built early clippers (in year order)
extreme clippers, 1845–1850 (in year order)
American-built extreme clippers, 1851–1855
medium clippers, 1851–1855
American-built clippers and medium clippers, 1856–1859
American-built clippers and medium clippers, 1860s
British-built "Aberdeen" clippers, 1839–1858
British-built newer style clippers, 1859–1870
American designers and builders
British designers and builders
Surviving 19th Century clippers