Time and distance questions for early 19th century travel

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Time and distance questions for early 19th century travel

Postby shanlav » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:18 am

I know this forum is more about navies, but I have a couple of questions about sailing times in years 1790-1815. My ship is a brig, similar to the US Niagra. How long would this ship take to get from Shanghai to Britain? Any idea about what the typical ports of call would be on this route?

If my ship were a different type -- something more similar to the 17th century Batavia -- how long would that same trip take? Were ships like the Batavia still used by the 1800s? Specifically, would they have been used in the Mediterranean?

I appreciate any information people can offer.

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Re: Time and distance questions for early 19th century trave

Postby aurora » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:05 pm

Dependant on winds and sea conditions-I think a c.1800 brig would take between 6 to 9 months to complete the trip from Shanghai to London
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Re: Time and distance questions for early 19th century trave

Postby shanlav » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:34 pm

Thank you for your help. I'm very glad I asked, I had underestimated by a lot. Were there any types of ship around that time that would have been faster but still be large enough to have a crew of around 30?

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Re: Time and distance questions for early 19th century trave

Postby shanlav » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:42 pm

Oops! I think I may have posted my follow-up question someplace else. I wanted to thank you for your information and ask if you could recommend a type of ship that might have been faster, but could still accommodate some canon and a largish crew?

Greetings, by the way, from 8,000 ft in rural New Mexico -- where ships of any kind are as rare as hen's teeth.

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Re: Time and distance questions for early 19th century trave

Postby lynn1212 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:25 am

a few years later clipper ships were trimming run times by a fair percentage but they were still several months long

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Re: Time and distance questions for early 19th century trave

Postby aurora » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:45 am

Yes-I saw the times for the tea clippers but as the ship in question was a brigantine I had add on time for it's likely speed for the vagueries of wind and sea state.
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