The Thermopylae was an extreme composite clipper ship built in 1868, rigged with royal sails, single topgallant and double top-sails.
Built for the China tea trade, and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne – 63 days, still the fastest trip under sail. In 1872 she raced the clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. In 1895 she was sold to Portugal and used as a naval training ship. The Portuguese Navy torpedoed her at sea in 1906.
The Thermopylae model Features:
- Framed half hull model
- Ready to display
- Extensive research using original plans and pictures make the models authentic as the original.
- Hand made by skilled artisans
- “plank on frame” construction method from start to finish
- Made of finest wood to the highest standard
- Great detailing with great quality finish