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Ship’s Birthday Blog 3: The building of Cutty Sark

Scottish ship-owner Jock Willis commissioned the building of Cutty Sark from a young company named Scott & Linton in late 1868. The contract for building the ship was signed by both parties by 1 Feb 1869 and was due to be delivered by 30 July that year. Cutty Sark was…

Ship’s Birthday Blog 2: The naming of the ship

On 22 November 1869 in Dumbarton, Cutty Sark was officially christened by Mrs Moodie—wife of the first master of the ship—as the new ship slid down the slipway into the river Leven. The inspiration for the ship’s name is found within Robert Burns’ poem, Tam O’Shanter, first published in 1791….

Ship’s Birthday Blog: 145th anniversary of Cutty Sark’s launch

On 22 November 2014, Cutty Sark will be celebrating the 145th anniversary of the ship’s launch. Originally designed to last just 30 years, Cutty Sark has reinvented herself throughout her career, surviving nearly five times her life expectancy thanks to her world-wide success, fame and beauty. Commissioned by Scottish shipowner…