Thursday, January 08, 2015

Power and Glory Spindrift 1868

Christmas Card - Power and Glory 'Spindrift'

An old postcard depicting 'Spindrift'

Another reproduction of a painting of 'Spindrift'
Christmas is over, and I’ve been sorting through greetings cards received from family and friends. I was taken with a card, on the front of which there’s a reproduction of a painting by Derek G. M. Gardner of the tea clipper Spindrift. She is shown running before heavy seas as she leaves Foochow, bound for London in 1868. Taking only 97 days to complete the voyage, she was deemed to be the fastest clipper that year, having taken less time than Ariel, Sir Lancelot and Taeping, all of them setting out a day before her.

Gardner’s oil painting, ‘Power and Glory’, portrays Sprindrift under full sail, gloriously running before the wind, and a Chinese junk making to windward. The state of the water would indicate a good Force 8 or more, which begs the question, why is the junk not reefed? Assuming Gardner’s painting represents the truth, Captain Middleton, master of the vessel, must have felt supremely confident to carry full sail in his endeavour to beat his rivals. Without examining his logbook we shall never know.

This Christmas card was sold to raise money for The Mission to Seafarers, details of which may be obtained by visiting their website.*



SV Spindrift (Wreck Site)

Download Postcard of Spindrift

Spindrift – London Art News

The Glittering Spindrift Running before the Wind – Art

Tea Clippers

*Mission to Seafarers

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