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‘Cutty Sark’ and ‘Thermopylae’ before the Great Race, 1872

Cutty Sark was built in 1869 to serve the China tea trade and owner John Willis had aspirations for his ship to be the fastest in this trade. He also wanted Cutty Sark to beat rival ship Thermopylae, launched the previous year by Walter Hood for the Aberdeen White Star…

Marathon Blog #2

‘Giving the Rhino’s a run for their money’ By Colin Gifford My first meeting with Cutty Sark was at mile 6 of the 1996 London Marathon. It’s one of those landmarks that you’ve seen on TV and when you run past it as part of the race you suddenly feel…

Object focus : Cutty Sark’s flags

Cutty Sark wears a number of flags which identify the ship, her owner and her country of registry. Like all British merchant ships, Cutty Sark flies the Red Ensign at the stern, a national flag with a red background and the union flag in the upper left quarter. From the…

Marathon Blog #1

‘Mummy can you try and win the gold medal please?’ By Dawn Theaker I’m a single mum of two very cheeky children. Being a mum is the hardest but bestest job in the world; it makes marathon running seem easy in comparison! My “real” job is working in communications for…

Who’s who at Cutty Sark – meet our Learning Officer

Ahoy shipmates, I’m Sharon and I am the Learning Officer on board the Cutty Sark. I work alongside the Learning Manager to make the ship and her stories accessible and engaging for families and school groups. I spend a lot of time on the ship either delivering award winning school…

Cutty Sark in China

Cutty Sark was built specifically to serve the China tea trade, to meet the demand in Victorian Britain for fine black teas. Speed was of the essence in the China trade at this time because the first ship back with the fresh new season’s tea could command the highest returns….