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Cutty Sark and the Suez Canal

On 17 November 1869  – five days before Cutty Sark’s launch – the Suez Canal opened, inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. Connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas, the canal was to have a dramatic effect on trade with the Far…

146th anniversary of Cutty Sark’s launch

On 22 November, Cutty Sark celebrates the 146th anniversary of her launch. Originally designed to last just 30 years, Cutty Sark has survived nearly five times her life expectancy thanks to her world-wide success, fame and beauty. Commissioned by Scottish shipowner John Willis, Cutty Sark was built in Dumbarton in 1869…