Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Clipper Ships and Tea

Back in the mid 1800's, the tea trade exploded and the races across the waterways for tea were led by the Clipper Ships. My husband bought this model many years ago and we carried it from place to place.

Most of the English ships were slow and very difficult to operate so four proud Americans designed a ship that would go faster and brought a great challenge to Britain's sea power.

10 comments:

blushing rose said...

I had not heard this story before ... very interesting history. TTFN ~Marydon

Ginger said...

A few years ago, my girls and I read a book about the first clipper ship. Very fascinating. I love homeschooling - I get to learn so much!

Vicki said...

Thank you for the interesting information on the tea trade. A very handsome ship you have there, too. Have a blessed week. Vicki

Miss Jen said...

Wow... very interesting! :)
Tea and bread just seem to go
so well together... I think you
would enjoy the bread recipe
over at Blessed Femina!

Love~ Miss Jen

parTea lady said...

That is a wonderful ship model. I've read some of the history of the Cutty Sark, but hadn't heard about the American designed ship.

La Tea Dah said...

Lovely post - I enjoy your blog so much - and wanted to let you know today!

Blessings!

LaTeaDah

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Bernideen!
I love how you can tie sea-going vessels with tea. Great history tidbit.

I have to comment on your beautiful banner photo. Of course, you can guess that I love all the vintage textiles you used. SO CREATIVE!!! I love what you did to the chairs. The setting is just gorgeous!
Patricia :o)

Barbara said...

Well interesting I had not heard of this American ship either.

Kathy said...

Beautiful ship, Bernideen, and I love all of your tea quotes. You always have the lovliest posts!
xo...Kathy

Jason Witt said...

Yes, there were clipper ship races that ensued. But I've never before heard it described exactly as America challenging British sea power. I suppose that's what it truly was. --Spirituality of Tea