Serica (clipper)

The "Serica" was an extreme clipper ship, built in 1863 for Robert Steele & Co., at Greenock on the south bank of the Clyde, Scotland. "Serica" is Latin for "China", and the ship was built expressly for the China tea trade. The "Serica" participated in the annual "tea races" to bring the new season's crop to London; she won in 1864 and finished second in 1865, [ [http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/Mariners/2003-09/1063137595 RootsWeb mailing list thread] ] and in The Great Tea Race of 1866 came in third, by a matter of hours. On her final voyage under Capt. George Innes, it left Hong Kong bound for Montevideo, 2 November 1872, and was wrecked on the Parcels, in the South China Sea the following day. Out of a crew of twenty-three that manned her, only one survived.

See also

*List of clipper ships

Notes

External links

* [http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/ships/Clippers/Serica(1863).html Lars Bruzelius, "The Maritime History Virtual Archives ,"Sailing Ships :Serica (1863)]
* [http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/Mariners/2003-09/1063669226 Newspaper notices of the "Serica"'s arrival in New York, 28 December 1871]


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