By Sam Jefferson

Within the period of industrial sail, clipper ships have been the final word expression of velocity and charm. Racing out to the gold fields of the United States and Australia, and breaking velocity files sporting tea again from China, the ships mixed good looks with breathtaking performance.
With over two hundred lovely work and illustrations, and exciting descriptions of the adventures and races at the water, this gorgeous e-book brings the period vividly to life.
Chapters include
-The origins of the clippers-from the gold rush to the tea trade
-A hell send voyage with «Bully» Waterman, essentially the most winning and infamous captains of the era
-Marco Polo, the quickest send within the world-her upward thrust to prominence and next decline
-Mary Pattens conflict with Cape Horn-a girl captain takes cost in a truly male world
-Mutiny aboard the «wild boat of the Atlantic»
-The nice China tea race of 1866-an amazingly shut race the world over, in basic terms determined within the ultimate few miles
-The Sir Lancelot defies the odds-her eccentric captains and contention with the mythical Thermopylae
-The Cutty Sarks longest voyage
First-hand debts, newspaper experiences and log entries upload attention-grabbing eyewitness element, when the beautiful photos express how the designs of those thoroughbreds constructed over the years.
A magnificent learn and precious occasion of those racehorses of the ocean.

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Without a good captain, even the fastest ship was useless and without these determined commanders the clippers would have been nothing. The following chapters are a selection of stories told in fo’c’sles long after the ships and captains had gone. In the twilight of commercial sail, mariners kept their memory alive, spinning out their yarns in the off watches. Sitting by the binnacle on a tropical night or hiding in the fo’c’sle on a dark day off Cape Horn, these stories were told, embroidered and then retold.

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