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Cutty Sark’s cargoes

We know Cutty Sark as a tea clipper but over her working career of 52 years she carried much else besides tea. The ship was built for the China tea trade and on the first three voyages she sailed directly to China, but after this she always sailed first to…

Opening of Cutty Sark by HM The Queen

In the early 1950s, a movement began to find a permanent home for Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark Preservation Society was established to bring the ship to Greenwich and open her to the public as a memorial to the Merchant Navy and an icon of the bygone era of sail….

The fathers and sons of Cutty Sark

Approaching Father’s Day, we think about the fathers and sons who have played a key part in Cutty Sark’s story: John Willis senior (‘Old Stormalong’) and John ‘White Hat’ Willis Cutty Sark was built for John Willis & Son in 1869 and the company continued to own the ship through…

Who’s who at Cutty Sark – meet our Visitor Experience Manager Angela

My name is Angela Brown and I’ve been working at Cutty Sark for three years, first as a Visitor Assistant and currently as Visitor Experience Manager. I come from a retail background, but I was keen to get into the museum and heritage sector and becoming a Visitor Assistant turned out…

Crew pastimes

While at sea, the crew of Cutty Sark did not get much free time for themselves. They would work a four-hour watch, followed by four hours off-duty, unless stormy weather required all hands on deck. In the time when they were not working, the crew might catch up on some…