|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Builder:||Robert Steele & Co., Greenock|
|Fate:||Wrecked on the Parcels, 1872|
|Tons burthen:||708 NRT|
|Length:||185 ft. 9 in.|
|Beam:||31 ft. 1 in.|
|Draught:||19 ft. 6 in.|
|Complement:||Crew of 23|
Winner of 1864 Tea Race
Serica is Latin for "China"-- the ship was built expressly for the China tea trade. The Serica participated in the annual "tea races" to bring the new season's crop to London; she won in 1864 and finished second in 1865, and in The Great Tea Race of 1866 came in third, by a matter of hours.
Loss of the ship
On her final voyage under Capt. George Innes, she left Hong Kong bound for Montevideo, 2 November 1872, and was wrecked on the Parcels, in the South China Sea the following day. Out of a crew of twenty-three that manned her, only one survived.
- Lars Bruzelius, "The Maritime History Virtual Archives ,"Sailing Ships: Serica (1863)
- Newspaper notices of the Serica's arrival in New York, 28 December 1871