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Object Focus: Cutty Sark’s figureheads – The Long John Silver Collection

The Long John Silver Collection of figureheads on display at Cutty Sark is a colourful and eclectic collection of characters, ranging from Sir Lancelot to William Wilberforce, Florence Nightingale to the Greek goddess Amphitrite, General Gordon to Abraham Lincoln. The collection is named after the donor Sydney Cumbers who, thanks…

Object focus : The Star of India and stern decoration

On the ‘Tween Deck of Cutty Sark, the Star of India is displayed – a carved wooden emblem originally fitted to the stern of the ship and once owned by John Willis, Cutty Sark’s owner. It represents the emblem of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India which…