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About the Teviotdale

The Teviotdale, built in 1869, was launched into the Firth of Clyde on the 9th July 1869. According to ocfficial ship-building and maritime records (which still exist to this day), her ship number was 60444 and she was a General Cargo Vessel described as an Iron Sailing Vessel - 3 Masted Ship. Teviotdale was in many respects like so many other fast sailing cargo and clipper ships of the time such as the Cutty Sark*.

The Teviotdale was designed and built in accordance with the very latest 'fast cargo/clipper ship' blueprint. She was built by the world renown Clydeside shipbuilders Barclay, Curle & Co of Glasgow, Scotland. Her first and only owner was J. & A. Roxborough also of Glasgow.

*Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark was also launched in 1869 and now, fully resotored, resides in dry-dock in London.


Image of th epainting Teviotdale skudding along in the English Channel

The Teviotdale 'Scudding Along' in the English Channel.

With fast sailing cargo ship design at its zenith, the Teviotdale was a splendid example of world class construction. The expertise and knowledge put into the design and construction of this vessel meant she truly was intended to be a world leader in maritime transport. Every inch of its hull, superstructure, rigging and sails were the culmination of decades of proven technology. Her very reputable ship-builders used only the best master craftsmen to create this remarkable ship. It is hard to imagine the myriad of skills, techniques and resources that came together to produce a vessel capable of navigating some of the most inhospitable oceans in the world.

This modern-day artsit impression of the Teviotdale in full sail (refer to credits page) has been created to illustrate the pure granduer of the ship and to acknowledge the immense commitment made by each and every one of the sailors, mates and masters who put to sea, not only onboard the Teviotdale, but over hundrerds of years and in years to come too. The maritime heritage of Great Britain is one to be proud of, especially since many of us are directly descended from these kindred seafaring souls.


© Stuart McEwen Jenkins