"Home Port: Victoria" (used book)

"Home Port: Victoria" (used book)

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Home Port: Victoria

by Ursula Jupp


About the Book

Used book, hardcover, dust jacket included, Good condition. Some discoloration of the dust jacket.

-- from the dust jacket


The ship Thermopylae, built originally for the China trade, was one of the famous tea clippers whose races from Foochow to the London market formed a romantic chapter in the maritime history of the nineteenth century. Her name is often mentioned with that of Cutty Sark which was built to outsail her. Whether she did or not is still an open question.

But eventually the speed of even these famous racers was eclipsed by that of steam, and the clipper fleet was dispersed. Thermopylae was bought by the Montreal firm of Reford's and registered at the Port of Victoria. From 1891 to 1895 she carried rice across the Pacific Ocean from China to mills in Victoria.

The beauty of these famous clippers still inspires marine artists like J.W. Hardcastle, whose paintings of Thermopylae is reproduced on the front of this jacket. That the annals of the Port of Victoria include the registry of this famous ship is a chapter of maritime history of which this city is justly proud.

About the Author

Ursula Jupp was born on the Scilly Islands, where no one lives more than a mile from the sea. Memories of a sailing-ship grandfather and many other relatives closely connected with the sea and ship-building lie behind her deep interest in all that pertains to the world of ships and sailors. she was one of the first women to join the Thermopylae Club when, in 1954, it began to sign on female crew members.