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Thermopylae ahead of Cutty Sark by Edward D. Walker


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12 1/2″ x 17 3/4″
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The Thermopylae was an extreme composite clipper ship built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co. of Aberdeen, Scotland, to the design of Bernard Weymouth of London. She was 212 feet long, 36 feet wide, 20 feet 9 inches deep, and weighed 991 tons. Thermopylae was designed for the China tea trade and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne – 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail. Walker’s painting shows the Thermopylae ahead in the great tea race with clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London in 1872. Thermopylae won by seven days after the Cutty Sark lost her rudder.  From 1882 onward, Thermopylae took part in the Australian wool trade during which route the Cutty Sark proved faster. The Thermopylae was torpedoed at sea on October 13, 1907.