Norman Court

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Norman Court
Norman Court
United Kingdom
Builder: A. & J. Inglis
Cost: £16,005[1]
Launched: 1869
Out of service: 1883
Fate: Sunk; carcass remains in Cymyran Bay
General characteristics
Class and type: Tea Clipper
Length: Hull, 197.4 ft[1]
Beam: 33 ft 0 in (10.06 m)[1]
Depth: 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)[1]
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan:
Notes: designed by William Rennie

Norman Court was a composite built clipper ship, designed by William Rennie, measuring 197.4 ft x 33 ft x 20 ft, of 833.87 tons net. The ship was built in 1869 by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow. On the night of 29 March 1883 in a strong gale she was driven ashore and wrecked in Cymyran Bay, between Rhoscolyn and Rhosneigr, Anglesey. All bar two of the crew were saved by lifeboats from nearby Holyhead. Andrew Shewan was captain of the Norman Court from her launch until he retired in ill-health in 1873, following an extraordinarily difficult passage from China. His son, also Andrew Shewan, who had previously sailed as first mate, became captain. It was this son Andrew Shewan who recounted many tales of the ship and of the clipper ships in his book Great Days Of Sail: Reminiscences of a Tea Clipper Captain, published in 1926 when he could plausibly claim to be the last surviving tea clipper captain. He died in December 1927.

Norman Court


  1. ^ a b c d e f MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833-1875. Conway Maritime Press Limited. pp. 2.1–2.3. ISBN 0 85177 256 0. 

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