Tea clipper ship unloading

#Picture Number TP189

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Chinese crew and dock workers unloading tea chests from a tea clipper ship, the Loudoun Castle (not ‘Louden’ as spelt in the picture!), at East India Docks. Tea brokers are ‘breaking bulk’: collecting samples of tea to take to tea merchants. In 1877 the Loudoun Castle made the 15,000-mile journey from China in the fastest time yet: 88 days.