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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
The Teviotdale 'Scudding Along' in the English
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.