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    Cutty Sark

    Five years ago we were in the early morning passing through London after a coach tour of Italy, and an almighty red glow was in the sky.

    Arriving home was shocked to see the red glow was Cutty Sark burning.

    The times we had meant to visit her and see the inside of the ship, but the times we were in Greenwich the ship was usual closing. Now she is open to the public again after the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee we are going to visit the ship.

    Today the Queen visited the newly restored ship:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17835225

    The History of this famous ship can be found on its official website.

    http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark/

    My pictures include a view of the ship before the fire, on fire, and in her glory days cruising between the UK and Australia.

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    I did see her about 15 years ago when I was in Greenwich but I did not have time to go on board. I will have to go back and see what they have done at her.
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    Yesterday 22 February 2013 we spent the day at Greenwich a suburb of London. Main objective was to see the rebuilt Cutty Sark.

    The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis shipping line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.

    Length: 65 m
    Weight: 963 tons
    Place built: Dumbarton
    Designer: Hercules Linton
    Owner: Thames Nautical Training College
    Builders: Scott and Linton, William Denny and Brothers

    The opening of the Suez Canal (also in 1869) meant that steam ships now had a much shorter route to China, so Cutty Sark spent only a few years on the tea trade before turning to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for ten years.

    Improvements in steam technology meant that gradually steamships also came to dominate the longer sailing route to Australia and the ship was sold to the Portuguese company Ferreira and Co. in 1895, and renamed Ferreira. She continued as a cargo ship until purchased by retired sea captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922, who used her as a training ship operating from Falmouth, Cornwall. After his death she was transferred to the Thames Nautical Training College, Greenhithe in 1938 where she became an auxiliary cadet training ship alongside HMS Worcester. By 1954 she had ceased to be useful as a cadet ship and was transferred to permanent dry dock at Greenwich, London on public display.
    The ship was badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007 while undergoing conservation. The vessel has been restored and was reopened to the public on 25 April 2012.

    Before my tour of visit of this lovely vessel two pictures of when the restoration work was taking place and two of the first virws of the ship.

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    Before boarding the ship some views of the exterior.

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    One final exteria photo and what the quay side might have looked the Cutty Sark sailing days.

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    The Lower Hold.

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    The tea cargo.

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    Continuing our tour of the ship, In the UK it was schools half term holiday and it was nice to see the children being really interested, not only on this ship but other museums we visited.

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    Ship sold and renamed.

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    Cutty Sark is saved for the Nation. Greenwich is also trying to save another grand old lade QE2.

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