Lovely trip to see this glorious boat the other day ! A freebie from work but did have to pay the travel ! Since we travelled at off-peak times and avoided the centre of London this amounted to less than £5 and included a river trip so a great cheap outing !
The boat was build for fast trading and it seems extraordinary to think of the adventures the crew must have had whilst at the mercy of the wind and the waves, people really were brave in those days ! The facilities below deck were very cramped and must have been jolly hot by the time they reached China and other distant lands. All to supply luxuries to Londoners !
Container ships are less romantic but I think the crews are a lot more comfortable !