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Preserving Cutty Sark in Greenwich

In October 1952, the Cutty Sark Preservation Society was registered to preserve Cutty Sark in Greenwich as a memorial to the Merchant Navy as Victory had been preserved to commemorate Britain’s Navy in Portsmouth. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the leadership of Frank…

Loss of crewmember – 31 October 1888

Of 682 men who sailed on Cutty Sark, only five were lost at sea. One of those unfortunate souls was apprentice Sidney Cook from Bedford. He engaged to serve on Cutty Sark aged 17 for the ship’s 19th voyage, leaving London on 17 May 1888. He tragically lost his life…

Who’s who at Cutty Sark? Meet Explainer Volunteer Dai Hall!

This week we met up with Dai Hall, one of the Explainer Volunteers at Cutty Sark. Once a week, you’ll find him on the Main Deck, chatting to visitors and telling them all about the tumultuous history of the ship. Dai: “What makes for a good explainer? I think you…

Who’s who at Cutty Sark? Meet our theatre volunteer Mariana!

   Uncategorized   July 17, 2015  No Comments

By Mariana Voda My name is Mariana and I volunteer with the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre Marketing Team. I wanted a ship since I read Robinson Crusoe and Peter Pan – in that order. Then proceeded to watch a series of films about pirates, and the Napoleonic wars, and the…

#DisabilityStories – Audio Described Tours

Today is #DisabiltyStories, an international twitter based event where we can celebrate the work carried out to ensure our culture remains accessible to all audiences. We caught up with the team who delivered an audio described tour of the ship and learnt what extra considerations they had to take on board.  There is a lot…

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…

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….

Ship’s Blog : Mast Head Vane

Once gilded, this vane would have been fitted to the top of Cutty Sark’s main mast whenever the ship was in port. It depicts a ‘cutty sark’—the namesake for Clipper Ship Cutty Sark, after the undergarment worn by the witch Nannie in Robert Burns’ poem Tam O’Shanter. This vane was…

Cutty Sark in Australia

Shipowner John Willis built Cutty Sark in 1869 specifically to exploit the booming tea trade in Britain at the time. In fact, the report of her launch in the Dumbarton Herald in November 1869 notes “The Cutty Sark is intended for the China tea trade, and is expected by her…