Advert for Titus Ward & Co, tea
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Until the mid-1800s, cargo ships carrying tea usually took 12 to 15 months to travel from India to London. Then, the Americans designed a more streamlined vessel, capable pf carrying more cargo at a greater speed. It was based on the old Baltimore clipper, so-called because it was designed to 'clip' - get the last ounce of speed from the wind. Perhaps the most famous, and fastest, clipper ever built was the Cutty Sark. Built in 1868, it carried tea on only eight occasions, and is now on permanent exhibition at the dockside in Greenwich, London.