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These ships where built to carry the high value cargo of China Tea very quickly so speed, not capacity was the main influence in their design. In 1849 Sea Witch sailed from Canton to New York in just 79 days.

 The Tea Clipper Sea Witch

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The Sea Witch was a a Tea Clipper built by the firm Smith & Dimon of New York for owners Howland & Aspinwall, in 1846, and placed under the command of the infamous Captain Robert Bully Waterman. She was the tallest masted ship in the world at that time, and probably the fastest too.
The year before, the same builders and owners had created the clipper ship Rainbow, the first of the Yankee Tea Clippers, with the so called Baltimore bow that gave it concave bows that some thought couldn‘t sail.
These sailing ships where built to carry the high value cargo of China tea very quickly so speed, not capacity was the main influence in their design.  In 1849 Sea Witch sailed from Canton in China to New York in just 79 days.
On March 26th 1856 Sea Witch was wrecked off Cuba in a declined condition carrying Chinese coolies ….a sad end for such a beautiful sailing ship!

Sea Witch as good night greeting..

and as an overseas birthday ecard..

24 x 18 inch Acrylic on canvas

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