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The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark

Located in dry dock next to Greenwich Pier is the last surviving British tea clipper. This famous ship was built at Dumbarton on the Clyde in 1869 purely for the purpose of importing tea from China, a trade which became extremely lucrative after the British found a taste for it.

Her first voyage started out from London on 15th February 1870 with a cargo of wine, spirits and beer. Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, she arrived at Shanghai on 2nd June, and after loading up with 1,305,812 lbs of tea, she left port on 25th June, arriving back at London on 13th October. As impressive as that may be, I bet the Chinese couldn’t believe their luck when they were able to swap a load of dried leaves for all that booze.

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