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Lammermuir, built in 1856.
United Kingdom
NamesakeLammermuir Hills
OwnerJohn Willis
Port of registryLondon
BuilderMichael Byers & Co, Monkwearmouth
Launched8 January 1856
Completed20 February 1856
IdentificationUK official number 13717
FateWrecked 31 December 1863
Notesdesigned by William Pile
General characteristics
TypeTea clipper
Tonnage952 NRT
Length178.0 ft (54.3 m)
Beam34.0 ft (10.4 m)
Depth22.0 ft (6.7 m)
Sail planfull-rigged ship

Lammermuir, named for the Lammermuir Hills, was a tea clipper designed by William Pile. She was the first clipper owned by Jock Willis Shipping Line. She was a fast sailer, being the second ship home in the 1858-59 tea season.[1]: 103–104  She was a favourite of John Willis senior.[2]: 56–58 


Michael Byers & Co built Lammermuir at his Strand Street shipyard in Monkwearmouth, launching her on 8 January 1856 and completing her on 20 February. She had a wooden hull. Her registered length was 178.0 ft (54.3 m), her beam was 34.0 ft (10.4 m), her depth was 22.0 ft (6.7 m) and her tonnage was 952 NRT. She had three masts.[3] She did not set any sails above royals, but she did have a great spread of sail.

John Willis registered the ship at London.[4] Her UK official number was 13717.[3]


Lammermuir was wrecked on the Amherst Reef in the Macclesfield Channel, Gaspar Strait, on 31 December 1863.[1]: 104 

Jock "White Hat" Willis commissioned a replacement Lammermuir, which was launched in 1864 and completed in 1865. The wreck of the first Lammermuir was still visible above the water line in August 1866 when the second Lammermuir sailed past en route to China, and also subsequently in 1874.[2]: 62 


  1. ^ a b MacGregor, David R (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833-1875. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0 85177 256 0.
  2. ^ a b Shewan, Andrew (1996) [1927]. The Great Days of Sail, Reminiscences of a Tea-clipper Captain. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-699-X.
  3. ^ a b "Lammermuir". Wear Built Ships. Shipping and Shipbuilding Research Trust. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  4. ^ Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping. Lloyd's Register. 1861. L. Retrieved 30 May 2022 – via Internet Archive.