Ship Shape

Charlie Cottrell describes the on-going efforts to save for the nation one of its best-loved maritime monuments.

In 1954, the Cutty Sark was floated up the Thames to Greenwich, to begin her new life as a naval museum.  Saved from the breaker’s yard in 1952 by the purpose-formed Cutty Sark Preservation Society, under the patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh, she soon became an integral part of Greenwich’s maritime history with more than 16 million visitors boarding her over her fifty-three years at the site. Now a massive renovation project is underway to preserve the world’s last remaining tea clipper for the visiting generations of the future.

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