Flying Spur (clipper)
|Owner:||John Robertson & Co, London|
|Builder:||Alexander Hall & Sons, Aberdeen|
|Out of service:||1881|
|Fate:||Wrecked on Martin Vas, North Rock, in the South Atlantic.|
|Class and type:||Extreme clipper|
|Length:||184 ft (56 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 4 in (9.55 m)|
|Draught:||19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)|
Voyages in the tea trade
For 20 years, Flying Spur sailed with cargoes of tea between London and the Chinese port of Foochow, with voyages to Canton, China; Nagasaki, Japan; and Deal, Kent, England, as well. As a tea clipper, she had a crew of 36.
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 6 June; the favourites had already departed on 30 May and 1 June.
- Aberdeen City Council (2010). "Aberdeen Ships, Flying Spur". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Lars Bruzelius (2003-04-28). "Clipper Ships: "Flying Spur" (1860)". Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- Lars Bruzelius (12 September 1866). "The Great Tea Race, 1866". The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
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