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…

Cutty Sark’s original structure

One of the unique aspects of Cutty Sark is the vast amount of the ship’s original structure which survives to today. Visitors have the opportunity to get up close and interact with the very structure that sailed the South China Seas and rounded Cape Horn. As a working vessel, the…

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…

Cutty Sark Curator’s Tours

Once a month, Cutty Sark’s Curator leads a guided tour of the ship, her structure and spaces on board, covering the history of the vessel from the launch in 1869 to the recent 2006-2012 project to conserve Cutty Sark. Tours start with an examination of the original 1869 structure in…

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….

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

My name is Shirley Eaton and I am the Documentation Officer here at the Cutty Sark clipper ship. I have been here since 2006 and took part in the conservation work during the ship’s recent conservation project. For me this involved recording items as they came off of the ship…

Hawk Talk; meet Norman the Harris hawk

Join our Hawk Talk on the main deck every Monday from 10-12, and find out how Harris hawk Norman helps us look after Cutty Sark and her rigging. Every Monday, Gary Railton from Urban Issues flies Harris hawk Norman (and occasionally George) above and around Cutty Sark, to scare off pigeons, starlings…

Ship’s Birthday Blog 3: The building of Cutty Sark

Scottish ship-owner Jock Willis commissioned the building of Cutty Sark from a young company named Scott & Linton in late 1868. The contract for building the ship was signed by both parties by 1 Feb 1869 and was due to be delivered by 30 July that year. Cutty Sark was…

Ship’s Birthday Blog: 145th anniversary of Cutty Sark’s launch

On 22 November 2014, Cutty Sark will be celebrating the 145th anniversary of the ship’s launch. Originally designed to last just 30 years, Cutty Sark has reinvented herself throughout her career, surviving nearly five times her life expectancy thanks to her world-wide success, fame and beauty. Commissioned by Scottish shipowner…

Cutty Sark Conservation Project 2006-2012: Recollections from Jessica Lewis, curator of Cutty Sark

Between 2006 and 2012, the Cutty Sark Trust undertook an ambitious conservation project to save the last remaining tea clipper. Recollections is a series of short interviews with key people who worked on the project. Jessica Lewis, Curator of Cutty Sark, gives her insights. What types of audience were you hoping to attract…