Lammermuir (1856 clipper)

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Lammermuir built in 1856.
Career (UK)
Namesake: Lammermuir Hills
Launched: 1856
Out of service: 1863
Homeport: London
Notes: designed by William Pile, Sunderland
General characteristics
Class and type: Tea Clipper
Length: hull: 178 ft 0 in (54.25 m)
Beam: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
Draught: 22 ft 0 in (6.71 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Capacity: 952 tons

Lammermuir, named for the Lammermuir Hills, was an extreme clipper ship that measured 178'0"×34'0"×22'0" and had tonnage 952 NRT. Built in 1856 by William Pile of Sunderland for John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis & Son, London, it was the favorite ship of its owner. When it was wrecked on the Amherst Reef in the Macclesfield Channel, Gaspar Strait on 31 December 1863, Willis commissioned another ship by the same name, the Lammermuir of 1864.

The wreck of the original Lammermuir was still visible above the water line in August 1866 when the new Lammermuir sailed past en route to China.


  • Hudson Taylor & China’s Open Century Volume Four:: Survivors’ Pact; Alfred James Broomhall; Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1983

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