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Cutty Sark in her dry-dock in Greenwich


English tea clipper Cutty Sark of 1869, in dry-dock in Greenwich


The Cutty Sark was launched 1869 in Dumbarton, Scotland. In tea trade until 1890, she took part in the tea clipper races from China to London which made her famous and gave her a legendary reputation. After that she was used for general trade and wool transport. She won all of the wool races she took part in and set several speed records.

In 1954, after many years as a stationary training ship she was moved to a purpose-built dry-dock in Greenwich and preserved as a museum ship. During repair works in May 2007 the ship caught fire and was considerably damaged. However, after reviewing the damage and successfully raising funds it was decided to restore the ship completely. She was opened to the public again in 2012.

In Wikipedia there is a detailed account on the Cutty Sark. The restoration work and how to visit her is shown on the webpage of the Cutty Sark Trust and the Royal Museums Greenwich.

It is absolutely worth to visit the ship. It looks being restored with much love and in great detail, with many helpful explanations given to visitors.

The hull in enclosed by a glass roof about the height of the water line. At the stern under the hull there is a restaurant. At the bow is the collection of figureheads that has been in the ship until 2007.

I went to see the ship in April 2014, on a very crowded day. Andreas Gondesen got to see her in August 2013, on a clear day with blue sky and only a few visitors. I show the photos of both of us in the photo galleries.

Photo gallery of Cutty Sark, rig and main deck

Photo gallery of Cutty Sark, deckhouses and structures below deck

Photo gallery of Cutty Sark, hull under glass roof

Photo gallery of Cutty Sark, Long John Silver collection of figureheads

If you click on a photo you will get that photo in high resolution.

At the ticket counter you get a leaflet with some information on the ship. We went to Greenwich from Westminster by a Thames river cruise. It was a very fine trip.


Cutty Sark, aerial photograph

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