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Tall Ships from Painting Info

by Margaret

I was watching an old television show online and it had these beautiful paintings of old sailing ships decorating the set.

I was wondering if you could please tell me about the ships, like when ships of this type were built, what kind of ships they are, etc.

I realize these aren't the clearest images, but they were the best I could get from the show.

Thank you,

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Apr 12, 2010
Greyhounds of the oceans...
by: Han

Dear Margaret,

The picture you sent is of a clipper, the high-tech sailing ship of it's era, the second half of the nineteenth century. They were built in the US, the UK and the Netherlands and were used for fast transport of non-voluminous, valuable and light cargo; in their later days they brought the gold-diggers from the American East- to the Westcoast and Alaska.

You can read more about them in the article "The last real square-rigged ships in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries", in my History of Sailing blog on this site.

Please let me know if you want to know more.



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