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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

"The Titania, was a composite hulled "tea clipper" built by by Robert Steele & Greenock, Scotland in 1866 that had a long and storied career.

Ships had been built at Greenock from at least 1711 by John Scott and Company. More yards followed and by the middle of the eighteenth century there were at least half a dozen other firms building ships in Greenock.

The ship building boom in Greenock was fueled by supplies of cheap timber from the Baltic (and later Canada), a large skilled workforce and a ready demand for their product from local owners. Greenock became a centre for shipbuilding and in the years that followed some of the finest vessels built in Britain were launched from yards on the lower Clyde. These craft helped to make "Clyde-built" a synonym for excellence the world over. One of the firms that helped shape this reputation for quality was Robert Steele and Company of Greenock. Robert Steele was born to James Steele, a shipbuilder and Burgess of Ayr, and his wife Anne (nee Laurie) in 1745, the year of Scottish revolution…."


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