Arson Aboard The Cutty Sark
On February 16, 1870 the Cutty Sark left on its maiden voyage – bound for Shanghai and loaded with “wine, spirits and beer”. She returned to London on October 13, with a precious cargo of 1,450 tons of tea.[via]. She may not have been the fastest vessel on the seas, but there’s no doubt that she has managed to capture people’s imagination throughout the years and thus remains an enduring symbol of Britain’s maritime history. She’s also the sole surviving tea clipper, which is quite a remarkable fact in its own right.
Today, in a sad turn of events, she was ravaged by what may well turn out to be the work of an arsonist. The good news is that she doesn’t seem to be destroyed beyond repair. Dr. Eric Kentley, consultant to the Cutty Sark Trust, said:
It can be saved. It’s certainly not completely devastated. We will put her back together – but it’s going to take much, much longer and a lot more money than we originally thought.
Follow the forums on the Cutty Sark website. There are obviously a lot of people passionate about this historic tea clipper.
Browse photos of the Cutty Sark on Flickr.
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