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…

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…

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…