The Clipper, Cutty Sark

Launched in 1869, the Cutty Sark was created to win the annual race to be the very first to deliver the tea harvest in China into the London market and secure the price. 90 days or more, the boat covered about 6,000 miles and took. The Cutty Sark never succeeded in beating the record held by the fleet, the Thermopylae’s winner, also at the year that she had been started giving time edge along with a shortcut to steamships.

The Cutty Sark was set up in her present dock for display in 1954. She rebuilt at 2012 with the aim of re-opening and had been gutted by fire 2007. She sits along the south west shaft of the Greenwich foot tunnel, completed in 1902. At high tide, the surface of the River is 53 feet (16 metres) above the bottom point of the Tunnel: when big vessels pass above, you can obviously hear the loud thump of the propellers.

“I never drifted a finer ship. At 10-12 knots she did not disturb the water . She’s the fastest ship of her day, a grand boat, and a boat that will endure for ever.” Captain George Moodie

A poster for the joys of the Cutty Sark.

Inspection of Naval cadets in the entry. Cutty Sark was named

Cutty Sark has been among the quickest tea-clippers of her afternoon and famous for sailing the two in light airs and rough weather like “a witch”.

The name comes from a poem by Robert Burns branded Tam O’Shanter. It tells the story of a man riding residence and also spotting that a coven of witches. Among these wrinkled hags enjoyed a very lovely young woman named Nannie, wearing nothing but a “cutty sark”, a brief linen shirt.

“Weel done, Cutty Sark!” shouted Tam.

“In an instant that a’ was dark,” and the young woman, transformed to a mature and determined woman, turned to pursue him.

Tam knew that the only way was to pass over water. He set off in full gallop. As he reached the flow and jumped, the witch caught hold of the tail of the horse and it came off in her hands. Examine the ship’s figurehead (below) if you’re in any doubt. This isn’t any young woman and she has a feeling of grim and murderous intent. Inside her outstretched hand, the tail of the horse is still left there, blowing off in the breeze.

The Cutty Sark’s main mast. Being pumped out at March 2012. The truck of the mast towers 152 feet above the main deck; The Cutty Sark figurehead, “Nannie”.

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