Flying Spur (clipper)

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Name: Flying Spur
Owner: John Robertson & Co, London[1]
Builder: Alexander Hall & Sons, Aberdeen
Cost: £13.787
Launched: 1860
Out of service: 1881
Fate: Wrecked on Martin Vas, North Rock, in the South Atlantic.[2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Extreme clipper
Tons burthen: 732
Length: 184 ft (56 m)
Beam: 31 ft 4 in (9.55 m)
Draught: 19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)

Flying Spur was a British tea clipper, built of teak and greenheart in 1860.[2]

Voyages in the tea trade[edit]

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.[2] As a tea clipper, she had a crew of 36.[1]

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.[3]

Flying Spur placed fourth in the Tea Race of 1867, with a time of 116 days, carrying 49,710 pounds of tea. First in the rae was Ariel, with a time of 102 days, carrying 1,283,000 pounds of tea.[1]


On 13 February 1881, Flying Spur "was wrecked on Martin Vas, North Rock, in the South Atlantic Ocean while carrying a cargo of coal and a crew of 18."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Aberdeen City Council (2010). "Aberdeen Ships, Flying Spur". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Lars Bruzelius (2003-04-28). "Clipper Ships: "Flying Spur" (1860)". Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  3. ^ Lars Bruzelius (12 September 1866). "The Great Tea Race, 1866". The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-02-21.