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Cutty Sark was launched in November 1869, the very month that the Suez Canal was completed. When Captain Moodie sailed her to China for the arrival of the new seasonís teas, he discovered what every other captain in the fleet of Tea Clippers would soon discover. The era of the Great Tea Race had passed from sail to steam. The first tea to reach London that year would be transported via the Suez Canal, which was impossible for the Tea Clippers to navigate. The owners and captains of these fine sailing ships retained their competitive spirit, however, even as the tea trade was transformed.

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