Taeping
History
United Kingdom
BuilderRobert Steele & Company, Greenock
Launched1863
In service1863-1871
Out of service1871
FateWrecked near Ladd Reef 1871
General characteristics
Class and typeClipper
Tonnage767 NRT
Length183'
PropulsionSails

The Taeping was a clipper ship built in 1863 by Robert Steele & Company of Greenock and owned by Captain Alexander Rodger of Cellardyke, Fife. Taeping participated in The Great Tea Race of 1866 and narrowly defeated the Ariel. The ship's captain was Donald MacKinnon (Dòmhnall ’ic Nèill ’ic Dhòmnaill Ruaidh) of Heanish, Tiree. It was wrecked on 22 September 1871 by Ladd's Reef in the South China Sea while traveling to New York.[1]: 147 

Sailing performance

According to Basil Lubbock, the tea clippers Taeping, Fiery Cross, Serica and Lahloo performed at their best in light breezes, as they were all rigged with single topsails.[2]

The Black Prince, Fiery Cross, Taeping (3), Ariel and Flying Spur at Foowcho in 1866
The Black Prince, Fiery Cross, Taeping (3), Ariel and Flying Spur at Foowcho in 1866

References

  1. ^ MacGregor, David R. (1983). The Tea Clippers, Their History and Development 1833–1875. Conway Maritime Press Limited. ISBN 0-85177-256-0.
  2. ^ Lubbock, Basil (1919). The China Clippers (4th ed.). Glasgow: James Brown & Son. p. 155.