My friend, John Horton, a marine artist based in Vancouver, BC and known for recreating historical moments on canvas, has just completed a painting of the Great Clipper Ship period.

This artwork reminds me of stories of the great sailing race from China to London in 1866. The story goes, that after 3 months at sea Ariel and Typing raced up the English Channel almost overlapped to secure the profitable ‘First Tea of the Season Prize’.

This is real sailing ship racing!

Ron Holland and John Horton toast completion of Clipper Ship painting commission
Ron Holland and marine artist John Horton, with “Race of the Tea Clippers”