If you are a maritime enthusiast, clipper ships have probably been of interest to you for quite a while. However, there could be a lot that you do not know about these vessels, which have been around for more than one hundred and fifty years. Read on to discover why these ships used to be so popular and why there is so much interest in them still.
When the clipper ship was created, it was the fastest ship ever made. Not only that, but it was huge; it contained more sails than any other and was more than 15 stories high. Efficient vessels had the ability to cover 2000 miles in a five day span, whereas ships before that barely reached 150 miles in a day. This meant that the ships’ owners and captains had the ability to earn much more money.
The speed of a clipper ship was often a matter of pride for the crew of the vessel, which could number anywhere from 25 to 50 people (depending on the size of the ship). Captains would race one another for bragging rights. The winner was considered to be the quickest of all the vessels until the next race; if the ship lost, another ship took the glory.
Eventually, though, the steamship was invented and it was quickly discovered that this vessel could exceed the clipper ship when it came to speed. Before long, clipper ships were no longer used in their former capacity. However, it is still possible to find clipper ships today. They can be rented for luxury cruises or just for a quick trip out into the sea.
One of the reasons that so many remain fascinated with the clipper ship is due to its sheer size and its beauty. There is truly nothing like it.