Tuesdays With Norwood, Re-Steeped: The Great Tea Race

Part Three

Oh Susanna, darling take your ease, For we’ve beat the clipper fleet, The Sovereign of the Seas.
Victory tune of the team of this Sovereign of the Seas when she won the New York to San Francisco race around the Horn, 1852

Part One

The story of this race itself is really a digression of perhaps minor historical price, I admit, but I would need to be cold as a Boston romance to think about omitting the timeless accounts in Mr. Basil Lubbock’s 1914 book, The China Clippers. “The struggle,” he writes…(Read more)
The great tea clipper races would be the natural effect of the meeting between clipper ships and competition, and the most well-known of them was the race of 1866. John Company had been required by law to…(Read more)
We’re heading back into the archives to revisit this classic article by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes the four-part sequence”The Great Tea Race”. We’ve added a link to take you if you’d like to read as a succession, or you can pick that you want to peruse below. Enjoy!

Part Four

Published at Tue, 03 Sep 2019 08:00:21 +0000
Photo “’Ariel’ and’Taiping’ from the Great Tea Race, 1886″ is copyright under Public Domain Mark 1.0 License and is being submitted unaltered (origin )
The news would arrive by semaphore that three or one or four championships were beating up the English Channel. Afterward, as W.H. Ukers explained it…(Read more)
On 17 August, Fiery Cross saw Taeping pick up the breeze and operate from sight ahead in a couple of hours. Nonetheless, the first four boats passed Flores in the Azores on Precisely the Same day, 29 August, while by brilliant sailing…(Read more)

Part Two