MacGREGOR, David R.
Title: Tea Clippers : An account of the China Tea Trade and of some of the Britiish Sailing Ships engaged in it from 1849 to 1869. UK in dj
Publisher:  Percival Marshall, London, 1952,
Seller ID: 20757
MacGREGOR, David R. The Tea Clippers : An account of the China Tea Trade and of some of the Britiish Sailing Ships engaged in it from 1849 to 1869. London Percival Marshall & Co., Ltd., (1952). First Edition. Pp (6),vii-xx,(2),3-272, frontispiece + 28 pages of plates + 7 folding plans. Other illustrations in the text. 8vo, blue cloth. This classic account of the emergence and refinement of the British fast clippers concentrates particularly on the technical questions of vessel design, as illustrated through photographs and lines drawings. "This book presents for the first time a thorough analysis of one of the most fascinating eras in the long age of sail. During thefifties and sixties there was developed and maintained in Great Britain a fleet of small fast-sailing and hard-driven ships, built expressly to race tea from China on to the London market. These clippers were ideally suited to their own trade and their perfection of design has been acknowledged everywhere . The original method of presentation makes this not only a highly readable book but also a great mine of information. THe whole mechanism of the highly complex China trade is desribed in addition to the development in design and construction of the ships, the careers of which are treated biographically, and their passages from China listed in the extensive Appendices. The Tea Clippers is the culmination of much detailed research. One of its features is the collection of superb folding plans, drawn by the author, which, together with his drawings in the text and over forty reproductions from paintings and early photographs, make this book an authoritative account of this particular phase of our maritime history." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. The Aberdeen Bow 2. Wood, Iron, or Composite; 3. Requirements of Design; 4. The Greenock Model; 5. Changing Trade. Appendices : I. China Passages; II. The Fastest Passages Made to and from China; III. Spar Dimensions of Stornoway, Falcon, Ariel, and Maitland.; IV. Comparative Table of Coefficients of Under Deck Tonnage; V. Rules for the Measurement of Tonnage. With bibliography and very extensive index. Printing statement expunged with black marker on copyright page, else vg in edgeworn dj. 50.00