25 Facts About Cutty Sark


Cutty Sark's continued as a cargo ship until purchased in 1922 by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman, who used her as a training ship operating from Falmouth, Cornwall.

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Cutty Sark is listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet .

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Cutty Sark's is one of only three remaining original composite construction clipper ships from the nineteenth century in part or whole, the others being the City of Adelaide, which arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 3 February 2014 for preservation, and the beached skeleton of Ambassador of 1869 near Punta Arenas, Chile.

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Cutty Sark's was restored and was reopened to the public on 25 April 2012.

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Cutty Sark was ordered by ship-owner John Willis, who operated a shipping company founded by his father.

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Cutty Sark had several ships in the tea trade from China to Britain.

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Cutty Sark was given masts that followed the design of The Tweed, with similar good rake and the foremast on both placed further aft than usual.

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Cutty Sark's was the fastest ship of her day, a grand ship, a ship that will last forever.

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Cutty Sark's passed us going two feet to our one, and in a short time was hull down ahead of us.

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Cutty Sark was considered to have the edge in a heavier wind, and Thermopylae in a lighter wind.

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Cutty Sark was destined for the tea trade, a seasonal trade of a high value cargo from China to London.

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Cutty Sark sailed in eight "tea seasons", from London to China and back.

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Two weeks later Cutty Sark had built up a lead of some 400 nautical miles, but then lost her rudder in a heavy gale after passing through the Sunda Strait.

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The anchor failed to hold and Cutty Sark was blown through the ships, damaging two others before grounding on a mud bank.

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Cutty Sark was replaced as Master by William Bruce, who proved to be a drunken incompetent who claimed pay for non-existent crewmen and managed to set sail with inadequate provisions, resulting in the crew starving.

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Cutty Sark achieved this by taking a more southerly route than previously, to catch the strongest winds in the Roaring Forties despite having to face icebergs, gales and storms whipped up by the winds he sought.

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Cutty Sark was the fastest ship on the wool trade for ten years.

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In 1953 Cutty Sark was given to the Cutty Sark Preservation Society and in 1954 she was moved to a custom-built dry dock at Greenwich.

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Cutty Sark's was stripped of upper masts, yards, deck-houses and ballast to lighten her before being towed from the East India Import Dock to the special dry dock at Greenwich.

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Cutty Sark was preserved as a museum ship, and has since become a popular tourist attraction, and part of the National Historic Fleet.

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Cutty Sark's is located near the centre of Greenwich, in south-east London, close aboard the National Maritime Museum, the former Greenwich Hospital, and Greenwich Park.

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Cutty Sark's is a prominent landmark on the route of the London Marathon.

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Cutty Sark's is a Grade I listed monument and was on the Buildings At Risk Register following the 2007 fire.

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The Cutty Sark Trust said that less than five percent of the original fabric was lost in the fire, as the decks which were destroyed were additions not present at the original building.

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Maldwin Drummond, Chairman of the Cutty Sark Trust, has explained in Classic Boat magazine's September 2010 issue the need to retain the spirit of the ship and he quotes the ideal that "The visitor should see the ship as though for some unexplained reason the crew had gone ashore".

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