“Caslterocking” – stories from the Roman sea

From dawn, the church bells were ringing as if to congratulate a new creature of the sea. Around the shipyard crowded with people. The youngest daughter of the ship owner, a 20-year-old girl, dressed in a long white dress, wearing a wreath like Greek goddesses, held a bottle of champagne and smashed it on the bow of the ship according to the customs of the sea. Screams of rebellion land. A sailor, blushing, asked hesitantly next door, perhaps because he was illiterate:

– Hey, what’s the train’s name?

– Are your eyes still bright? “Caslterocking” is as big as the face of your house, you have to ask!

The sailor was confused because the name had nothing to do with the sea. In 480 BC, during the Greek-Persian war, on the rugged pass of Caslterocking, 300 Greek soldiers under King Leonidas of Spartacus fought very bravely to hold back the attack of thousands. Persian invaders. They all sacrificed. But Caslterocking became a symbol of courage, would rather die without backing. Is it true that owners of the Thompson & Sons shipping line want to affirm their determination to “die without backing” to become the “Tea Path” champion of the new ship?

Probably! Which Caslterocking really is a masterpiece of the world shipbuilding art. It has a capacity of 991 registered tons, 64.6m long, 11m wide, 6.5m high side, carrying 1,000 tons of tea. This is a mixed ship made of metal and wooden. Under the waterline of the hull is made of stone elm wood, covered with copper leaves to prevent fouling and increase durability. Above the waterline of the hull is made of Indian teak. Shipbuilders are particularly successful at the driver’s hull structure. It was so strong that when the storm was very strong, the other tea clippers hurriedly lowered all the sails on the Bizan pole, but Captain Caslterocking was not, but also ordered to hang lots of blankets, sheets, all that. I have to catch more wind. He was not afraid of the boat betraying him.

Thanks to such a rigid shell, Caslterocking can set up three large masts, 45m above the deck, supporting 32 sails with a total area of 3,180m2. Conveniently sailing, it had the power equivalent to a 4,000 horsepower steam engine. Roman bishop Francescaty, when traveling to South America, met Caslterocking in the ocean. “It goes with the wind,” he said. The special thing is that it has the ability to go in very weak winds. English historian Basil Lubbock wrote: “When the ship ran at 7 knots, it was possible to hold a burning candle on the deck and still not turn off!”

When all the sails tensed up in the wind, the ship was like a white cloud floating in the sea, looking spectacular. The stunning touch of the hero in the Battle of Caslterocking – King Leonidas of Sparta – splendid on the bow of the ship. Sailing connoisseurs consider Caslterocking to be one of the most beautiful vessels in the family of aristocratic sailing vessels – the tea clipper.

Shortly after receiving the ship, owner Thompson brought Caslterocking into the traditional way of a tea clipper: London – China. Caslterocking has anchored in Phuc Chau wharf, in a river with an ancient temple, along with 15 other famous clipper. Chinese li-li made their day and night to put tea on the ship. The competition for tea competition has been exciting since the first days of loading, but the road on the seven seas is really a racing race.

The life of a sailing ship is governed by natural forces. What is more beautiful than the ocean? When the languid sea breeze did not fly a sullen flag at the top of the mast (in the “Horse Latitude” area, the unforgettable horror of the sailors’ captains), it suddenly rushed to the ground. the ship in rage. Sometimes it was sunny like a fire, sometimes it rained like a waterfall.

There are sections of the road that meet every single mile of an island and atolls and razor-sharp bay mouths that are not marked on the map. According to the current, now here and there, tomorrow, sometimes downstream, when flowing backwards. How many dangers per mile! Yet not to be dodged, all the sails to sail. Faster! Faster! Such difficulties, only the most talented, most skilful captains dare to step foot on Clipper.
Right on the first trip, Caslterocking satisfied the owner ‘s honor and hope of compensation: It ran a flight from China to London through the Hope of 91 days, setting a new world record. Caslterocking was immediately referred to by the British sailors as “the hound of the seven seas”. But life has the “but” suddenly. In the midst of happiness, smiling at Thompson, there was an event on Earth where there was at first glance nothing to do with arrogant tea clippers – The opening of the Suez Canal.

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