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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 official 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 Clyde-side shipbuilders Barclay, Curle & Co of Glasgow, Scotland. Her first and only owner was J. & A. Roxburgh also of Glasgow.

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

Ship's Numbers

Ship number were historically allocated direct from numerous major ports around the country, however in 1855 the rules were changed and a central log of numbers was held and blocks of number allocated out to the major ports.

From the Glasgow port authority register, the Teviotdale was allocated it's ship number of 60444. Copies of these registers were then sent back to the central office to create the national database of records.  Search-able copies of many of these registers can now be found at www.crewlist.org.uk


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This page was last updated 11th April 2020.


The Clipper Ship Teviotdale, launched 1869.

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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.

These modern-day artist impressions of the Teviotdale in full sail have been created to illustrate the pure grandeur of the clipper ships and to acknowledge the immense commitment made by each and every one of the sailors, mates and masters who put to sea, not only on-board the Teviotdale, but over hundreds 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.

New: Book now available!

We are pleased to announce the publication of the story of the Teviotdale.  Here you will find a fascinating book giving a true account of a frightening shipwreck and an incredible human survival story from Able-seaman George Jenkins.  George was just 20 years old when he was shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean along with 26 of his shipmates.  Read about the real adventures of sailors aboard ship on the high seas in the 1870's.

The book The Final Voyage is available on-line from Amazon Books Amazon.co.uk and other good bookshops such as: BookDepository, Blackwells, Waterstones and WHSmith.  The book is available in three forms: Paperback, hardback and as an e-book.

New book release ISBN's:
Paperback: 978-1-9160602-0-3 ssp £10.00
Hardback: 978-1-9160602-1-0 ssp £12.99
Kindle e-bk: 978-1-9160602-2-7 ssp £3.99


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