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A portrait of the famous tea clipper ‘Thermopylae’. She is shown broadside-on in full sail flying the house flag of the Aberdeen White Star Line. She was designed by Bernard Waymouth of London and built in 1867 by Walter Hood & Co. for the Aberdeen White Star Line. The owner of this shipping line, George Thompson, wanted a clipper ship to outstrip the competition. He commissioned the ‘Thermopylae with her iron framework supporting a wooden hull, she was built primarily for speed.
oil on board
H 30.5 x W 48.3 cm