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Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark was built at the beginning
of the end of the era of sail. The Suez Canal opened to great fan fair on November
17th 1869. England was now able to use coal powered ships on the lucritive trade
route between China and England. England did not geographically have enough colonies
in Africa to provide a steady supply of coal depots in order to refuel when using
the route around the Cape of Good Hope. Though a clipper ship could travel faster,
a coal powered ship could continue to travel day and night even when there was
no wind. The Cutty Sark started off being a tea clipper breaking records for speed
when traveling between Ceylon and England. When the demand for clippers decreased
she was rerigged and became a wool clipper traveling to Australia and breaking
even her own previous records.
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This page was last updated Feb 9th 2017.