|Builder:||Richard & Henry Green, Blackwall Yard|
|Fate:||lost at sea 1871|
|Class and type:||Clipper|
|Length:||174 ft (53 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draught:||20 ft (6.1 m)|
From "The Copartnership Herald", Vol. I, no. 8 (October 1931)
...American ships, which still held the supremacy until soon after Richard Green had declared his decision not to be beaten by them. He had a new tea clipper built at his yard at Blackwall, called the Challenger, of 699 tons, and she was sent off to China in 1852. Having loaded tea at Shanghai, she set out for London, calling in at Anjer, where she met the American ship, Challenge, which was on her way to London with a cargo of tea from Canton. The Challenge was a 2,000 tonner, built expressly for speed and capacity, and was the largest clipper built by the Americans until that time. So it was that a race home was started by these two vessels, the smaller British clipper gaining London two days ahead of her huge rival. Naturally, this set the hearts of all the British owners aglow, and was instrumental in urging on the efforts of our shippers to capture the China trade.
She measured 174'×32'×20' and tonnage 699 NM, 649,74 GRT & NRT, and 614,07 tons under deck.
In 1868 it was sold to William Stewart, London, but sold four days later to John Grice, Thomas Grice & James Septimus Grice, London.
Sold again in 1871 and transferred to Melbourne, but abandoned shortly at 48°N, 13°W, southwest of the port of Plymouth, England.
- It Is Not Death to Die; Jim Cromarty; OMF books 2001
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