|Ambassador in the year of her launch.|
Thomas J. Duggan 1869
She was 714grt (692nrt), and measured 176ft by 31.3ft and 19.1ft. Apparently she was fitted with the figurehead of an eighteen century diplomat, but I've been unable to find which one.
|The 1868 Ordnance Survey map shows|
the Lavender Dock where
Ambassador and the other Walker tea
clippers were constructed, right at the
apex of Rotherhithe.
|"Setting Topgallants, The China Clipper Ambassador," |
1870, by Derek Gardner. Note the steamship in the
background at the right - steam eventually saw
the demise of sailing ships.
|Ships in the Tea Race of 1870|
From Brian Lubbock, 1914.
|Ambassador's sister ship, Lothair|
Ever since Ambassador and Lothair found themselves together in Sunda Straits bound for the same port they must have made a race of it. Lothair had knocked eight days off her lead down the China Sea and although the shipping reports give her a lead of two days off the Cape of God Hope, the two ships were also report in company on 11 January at 11 January in 35degreesS, 19degreesE. Lothair still held her two-day lead on paper as she crossed the Equator two days ahead in longitude 25degreesW. Ambassador crossed it at 34degreesW and went on to get into port four days ahead, although her overall time was four days greater. Maury recommended ships bound for America to cross the Equator at about 33Degrees30'W, and Ambassador's gain of six days on Lothair ably proves his point.
|Ambassador towards the end of her life, with|
In 1888 Ambassador sold to George Milne of the Inver Line in Aberdeen, but he kept her for only a year, after which she was sold to G. Shaddick, Swansea, in 1889. Again, she exchanged hands very rapidly and in 1891 Sold to Burgess and Co. of London. Three years later, in 1894, she was again sold, this time to Aktieselskabet Kristians and then to Ole G. Olsen, Kristians and was employed on the routes between the Atlantic ports to the Pacific around Cape Horn, sailing under a Norwegian flag. The rounding of Cape Horn was notoriously dangerous and is the subject of numerous seamen's shanties. Brian Lubbock says that in July 1895 a hurricane around Cape Horn was so bad that 14 ships put back for repairs, six of which went into Port Stanley and the remainder into Monte Video. En route from Florida to Hawaii, Ambassador, damaged and leaking, was one of the ships that put into Port Stanley, together with Priorhill, GW Wolff, Eagle Crag, Ratharina and Gladys. Sadly, Ambassador never sailed again. She was condemned in Port Stanley in December 1895 and put up for sale.
|The remains of Ambassador today|
With thanks to Brian Lubbock and David R. MacGregor for their great books.