Diplomatic and General History
This is a story of a ship, the racing pride of the China Tea Clippers of London, whose remains now lie in Cascais Bay. As the Thermopylae the clipper, launched in 1868, broke all speed records. In 1896 she was sold to the Portuguese Navy for use as a training ship and renamed the Pedro Nunes. Such a ship should clearly have been preserved but in October 1907 she was sunk in Cascais Bay by two torpedoes, being used for target practice. This was witnessed by King Carlos and Queen Amélia.
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