|Orient by Thomas Goldsworth Dutton, 1853. |
National Maritime Museum.
|Orient in Port Adelaide|
Orient spent 21 years operating between England and Australia, completing a voyage every year until 1877. Even though the East Indian routes had fallen to the far more efficient steamships that could make use of the Suez Canal since its opening in 1860, the steamers were unable to carry or source sufficient coal for the trip to Australia, so the clippers continued to have an important role carrying Australian wool and passengers..
|Orient, commemorated on a stamp|