Serica (clipper)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Serica
Owner: James Findlay
Builder: Robert Steele & Co., Greenock
Launched: 1863
Fate: Wrecked on the Parcels, 1872
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 708 NRT
Length: 185 ft. 9 in.
Beam: 31 ft. 1 in.
Draught: 19 ft. 6 in.[1]
Complement: Crew of 23

The Serica was a clipper ship built in 1863 by Robert Steele & Co., at Greenock on the south bank of the Clyde, Scotland, for James Findlay.

Winner of 1864 Tea Race[edit]

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,[2] and in The Great Tea Race of 1866 came in third, by a matter of hours.

Sailing performance[edit]

According to Lubbock, the tea clippers Serica, Fiery Cross, Lahloo and Taeping performed at their best in light breezes, as they were all rigged with single topsails. [3]

Loss of the ship[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bruzelius, Lars (1996-09-02). "Sailing Ships: Serica (1863)". The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ RootsWeb mailing list thread
  3. ^ Lubbock, Basil (1919). The China Clippers (4th ed.). Glasgow: James Brown & Son. p. 155. 

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