Lammermuir, built in 1856.
United Kingdom
NamesakeLammermuir Hills
FateWrecked 31 December 1863[1]: 104 
Notesdesigned by William Pile, Sunderland
General characteristics
Class and typeTea clipper
Tonnage952 NRT
Lengthhull: 178 ft 0 in (54.25 m)
Beam34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
Depth22 ft 0 in (6.71 m)

Lammermuir, named for the Lammermuir Hills, was a tea clipper built in Sunderland 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 


Lammermuir measured 178'0" × 34'0" × 22'0", with tonnage 952 NRT. Whilst she did not set any sails above royals, she did have a great spread of sail.

Loss of the ship

When she was wrecked on the Amherst Reef in the Macclesfield Channel, Gaspar Strait on 31 December 1863, Jock "White Hat" Willis commissioned another ship by the same name, the Lammermuir of 1864.

The wreck of the original Lammermuir was still visible above the water line in August 1866 when the new Lammermuir sailed past en route to China and also later in 1874.[2]: 62 


  1. ^ a b MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833-1875. Conway Maritime Press Limited. ISBN 0 85177 256 0.
  2. ^ a b Shewan, Andrew (1996) [reprint of 1927 edn.]. The Great Days of Sail, Reminiscences of a Tea-clipper Captain. London: Conway Maritime Press Limited. ISBN 0 85177 699 X.