Jim Griffiths, ASMA“A Change in the Weather”Gouache, 12 ½” x 19”
The painting depicts the British tea clipper Spindrift running hard under strong winds with the threat of bad weather just astern. Built in Glasgow, Spindrift was launched in 1867, and was owned by James Findlay of Greenock. Findlay wanted a fast ship because he wanted to win the ‘Blue Riband of the Sea,’ the prize for the fastest ship home from the Orient with the first cargo of tea. Her maiden voyage was in 1867 out to the Orient. On her return from Foochow in 1868 Spindrift did just what Findlay had hoped she would do...she won the Riband. Many of the clippers had short lives, but Spindrift had one of the shortest, being lost in 1869 at the start of her third voyage out to China, a day out of London.