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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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20 Podcasts I Think You Might Like

I’m a big NPR nerd. No question. Have been for a while. (Yes, I realize that “NPR nerd” is redundant.) NPR-listening,  as with all gateway drugs, inevitably led me into that crooked psychotropic world of podcast addiction. Once you start…
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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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Why Everyone Still Loves Hitler

For someone we claim dislike so much we seem to reference him all the time. In political discussions especially. There is no better way to score cheap points with your base than to draw some kind of tangential connection between your…
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