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The Clipper Ship Era: An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869

Hey folks, this is another review in my series on the Tea Clipper Races. This one gets a bit into the weeds (both the review and the book itself), but hopefully you can find something useful here. For someone new…
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Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea [Part 2]

I’m a fan of nautical stories (Read: The Famous Tea Clipper Races), particularly those based in the 1800s, I also am a big fan of the National Book Award winning tome this movie was based on (Read: My Book Review)….
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Book Review: In the Heart of the Sea [Part 1]

This review comes some fifteen years after the book was originally published. I picked it up recently both because of my interest in the nautical goings on of the early 1800s, (and because of the movie, review here). In the…
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Learn to Sail LA’s Official Tall Ships (For Free!)

My love of tall ships goes back a ways, but given my recent research dive into the great tea races, it’s taken on an outsized portion of my attention lately. Back when I was working at a tea importing company,…
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Early American Dominance in the Great Tea Races

There are many factors that lead up to the world famous tea clipper races in the mid 19th century, where merchant companies raced each other three quarters of the way across the globe to command the best price for tea….
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Book Review | The Tea Clippers: Their History and Development 1833-1875 by David R. MacGregor

The exploits of the great Victorian-era sailing vessels Cutty Sark, Thermopylae, Taeping, and Ariel have transported the imaginations of seafarers and would-be adventurers for over 150 years.  These amazing clipper ships collected tea in China and raced each other all the…
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Book Review: “Running Her Easting Down” by William F. Baker

Running Her Easting Down is an overview of the life and times of the great tea clippers of the 19th century. It was written by William F. Baker (not to be confused with the engineer who designed the Burj Khalifa), an…
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Book Review: Log of the Cutty Sark by Basil Lubbock

The  Log of the Cutty Sark examines the career of one of the greatest sailing ships to ever ply the water. Written by Basil Lubbock, this book takes a blow by blow account of the ship’s construction, service, near wrecks,…
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Basil Lubbock | Historian, Author, Sailor, Soldier (1876 – 1944)

Basil Lubbock is possibly the world’s most prolific author on 19th century merchant ships, penning dozens of books and articles on the height of commercial sailing in the West, including, among other things, the Famous Tea Clipper Races. Yet, for someone…
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Visiting the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, England

Cutty Sark Museum_Greenwich_England

I first heard the story of the Cutty Sark and the Famous Tea Clipper Races shortly after I began working for a North American tea importing company. I learned that in the mid 1800s British merchants were so keen to…
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