For All the Tea in China

January 17, 2013 — 1 Comment
clipper ship

Tea Clipper Hallowe’en Aground
Photo: http://www.wrecksite.eu

The ghostly image above resulted from the wreck of the record breaking clipper ship Hallowe’en on January 17, 1887. The Hallowe’en was loaded with 1600 tons of tea from Shanghai, China and she ran aground in a storm off Soar Mill Cove in the United Kingdom. Tea clippers were designed to quickly bring the latest crop of tea leaves from China to western markets. The Hallowe’en briefly held the record for fastest voyage from Shanghai to London in 1874 when she made the voyage in a mere 91 days. The ship eventually sank and can now be visited by divers.

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One response to For All the Tea in China

  1. 

    And I thought a 20 hour flight was bad!

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