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Re: Full or fin keel?

Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
The flying cloud was a clipper ship that could outrun most pirates, not to mention she was one of the last, so most of the wars done with sail were long past.
Fast was quite right. According to the wikipedia entry, the maximum logged speed for Cutty Sark was 17.5 knots - with an average speed over six days on one London to Melbourne trip of a little over 15kts!

Nothing slow about that..

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