"Thermopylae" was an extreme composite
clippership built in 1868by Walter Hood& Co of Aberdeento the design of Bernard Weymouthof Londonfor the White Star Line of Aberdeen.
She was designed for the
China teatrade, and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne-- 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail. In 1872she raced the clipper " Cutty Sark" from Shanghaiback to Londonand won by seven days after "Cutty Sark" lost her rudder. From 1882she took part in the Australian wool trade but on this the Cutty Sark proved faster. In 1897she was sold to Portugalfor use as a naval training shipand renamed the Pedro Nunes. The Portuguese Navytorpedoed her at sea on October 13,1907.
* Hume, Cyril L.; Armstrong, Malcolm C. "The Cutty Sark and Thermopylae Era of Sail". Glasgow: Brown, Son & Ferguson, 1987 (hardcover, ISBN 0-85174-500-8).
* Matheson, Marny. "Clippers for the record: The story of ship Thermopylae, S.S. Aberdeen, and Captain Charles Matheson". Melbourne: Spectrum, 1984 (ISBN 0-86786-051-0).
* [http://www.aberdeenships.com/single.asp?searchFor=thermopylae&index=99403 "Thermopylae"] at [http://www.aberdeenships.com Aberdeen Built Ships] .
* [http://www.bruzelius.info/nautica/ships/Clippers/Thermopylae(1868).html "Thermopylae"] at [http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Nautica.html The Maritime History Virtual Archives] .
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