Cutty Sark vs Thermopaylae Plate
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Cutty Sark vs Thermopaylae Plate    (click on the image to return to the previous page)

British clipper Cutty Sark launched 1869 at Scot and Linterns shipyard, Dunbarton, Scotland.


At 930 tonnes, small in comparison with American clippers but the Cutty Sark, and her rival ship Thermopaylae, have been considered the fastest clippers ever.


She is now permanently on show in dry dock at Greenwich, London. A favorite attraction for visitors.


Famous as a tea clipper, she regularly sailed to China to bring back a cargo of tea. The first cargo to reach London each year fetched a premium of 10s a tonne, and a bonus of  £100 for the captain.


This painting was commissioned by Franklin Mint to be reproduced for their series of heirloom decorative plates. I composed this view of the on-coming craft so as to go with the shape of the plate.