Thermopylae of 1868

29th August 2005, 15:12
Hello everyone,

I am a new member interested in square rigged ships of the late 19th century and early 20th century, particularly the clipper ship THERMOPYLAE of 1868. I am the President of the Thermopylae Historical Society Inc. based in Melbourne. Any un-publisized info on the ship would be great.

I am also a maritime artist in the process of starting a series on Australian wool clippers. Anyone can have a browse at my works at:



29th August 2005, 17:07
Welcome Peter to the site, I am sure that you will enjoy it.

29th August 2005, 20:44
Welcome to the site Peter, I too love square riggers and their history especially the big ones Pamir, Passat etc. Hope you can post some pics of Thermopylae, love to see them.



29th August 2005, 21:16
See my attempt a painting of the said vessel

30th August 2005, 07:21
Thanks fellas's, it's great to be aboard. What I have seen so far, there are some very interesting stuff in this site! I have posted a picture of Thermopylae in the gallery. You may want to have a look? It is from my private collection.

30th August 2005, 08:28
Good to have you on board Peter, great picture of the Thermopylae and what an excellant website you have, look forward to seeing more of your work. I am also an artist - mainly in watercolours ( and there are a few others also on this site also. Tony Westmore.

michael james
30th August 2005, 09:48
Welcome to SN Peter,
I agree with above accolades, great picture.
I hope you enjoy all aspect of this site and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Doug Rogers
31st August 2005, 02:41
Welcome aboard, enjoy the site and look forward to your contributions.

Jan Hendrik
14th September 2005, 12:30
Peter, hereby another picture of this vessel.

copyright: Hempel A/S Copenhagen

artist: John Gardner
From an original painting for the 1985 calendar on Clipper Ships.


14th September 2005, 13:03
Hello Jan and fellow 'shippies'

And I thought I had seen every painting of Thermopylae! Are these calenders available somewhere? Would love to know!



Jan Hendrik
14th September 2005, 13:09
Peter, I may have one left for you, I sent you an email.

I have many pictures of windjammers and the like, all from oil paintings which are all exclusive, you won't see these anywhere else in the world.

I am about to post more in the Gallery, just have to get the time to scan or photograph them first.

Kenneth Morley
20th February 2006, 20:34
Hi, I am ex PAMIR 1944/45 if I can be of assistance I am here Regards Kenneth R.

10th August 2009, 13:58
New member with a possible family link to the Thermopylae.

Whilst researching my family tree, a distant relation informed me that one of our ancestors , Robert Duncan b.1851 d.1925, was a sailor on board this clipper. Is there any crew listings that I can check to see if it is true.
All the way through his shore life, he was listed as a sailor or a deputy harbour master in and around Alloa, Scotland.

Anybody any sources ?



10th August 2009, 23:15
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer