The Undine, A Tea Clipper in the Savannah River

Author(s): Erica Gifford

Year: 2016


The Savannah District is proposing to expand the Savannah Harbor navigation channel. Diving investigations identified the remains of the Undine, a historically significant tea clipper built in Sutherland, England by the shipbuilder William Pile. In a class with other famous Clippers like the Flying Cloud and the Cutty Sark, the Undine represents the evolution apex of the sailing merchantman, and is in the class of the most significant clippers, those built specifically for the China Tea or Opium trade that encompassed global trade routes and economies. This paper will explore the history of the vessel from construction to sinking.

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The Undine, A Tea Clipper in the Savannah River. Erica Gifford. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434941)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 287