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Fiery Cross was a famous British Tea Clipper[1] which sailed in the Great Tea Race of 1866.

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Tea trade[edit]Edit

From 1860-1875, the ship sailed in the tea trade between London and Chinese ports like Hong KongFoochowCanton, and Shanghai.

Great Tea Race of 1866[edit]Edit

Laden with close to a million pounds of tea, Fiery Cross raced nine other ships from China to England in The Great Tea Race of 1866. The first five ships, the TaipingArielSericaFiery Cross, and Taitsing, finished a 14,000 mile race within three days of each other. Fiery Cross arrived fourth, in "the closest run ever recorded." [2]

Fiery Cross had the best overall 24 hour run of all the competitors in this race on June 24, when she traveled 318 miles, averaging 13.7 knots.[3]

Sailing performance[edit]Edit

According to Lubbock, the tea clippers Fiery CrossTaepingSerica and Lahloo performed at their best in light breezes, as they were all rigged with single topsails[4]

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