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With a flash the bonfire went out, and a soul-tearing howl went up from the witches and warlocks, as they began to race towards Tam, desperate to get to this mortal who had ruined their Black Magic Dances.
Poor Tam. He was in fear of his life, and for a moment just sat there, but after a few seconds that seemed like lifetimes, he managed to spur Maggie on, in a desperate race to save his life.
Now, as we all know, witches cannot cross running water, and fortunately for Tam, the river Doon was nearby. He set Maggie galloping madly towards the bridge, with the witches in hot pursuit.
Nannie, being younger and faster than the rest, was the closest to him, and was reaching out to grab Maggie's tail, just as the mare reached the bridge.
Luckily for Tam (although not so for Maggie), the horse's tail came away in Nannie's hand just as the mare galloped over the bridge. Tam was saved! The witches and warlocks stood on the river-bank cursing and screaming at Tam who had had a very narrow escape!
A Scary Story
There is an old Scottish legend that was later turned into a poem by a very famous Scottish poet called Robert Burns. This story is about a farmer called Tam o'Shanter.
It was very late on a dark and stormy night when Tam, who had been to Market to sell his wares and had called at the local inn afterwards for a few drinks, began his journey home. Tam was riding his old mare Maggie down a lonely road, when he drew close to the Church at Alloway.
Through the cold night air he heard a strange and scary sound, and as he looked into the night sky he saw the glare of fire!
There, in the Churchyard, dancing around a huge bonfire was a coven of witches and warlocks. Tam sat on his horse, rigid with terror! The witches danced on and Tam noticed that one of the hags was younger and prettier that the others. Her name was Nannie, but Tam didn't know this, and as all she was wearing was a short petticoat, he called her 'cutty sark', which is the Scottish name for this garment.
Well, the dancing became wilder and wilder and Tam became more and more engrossed. At last, he could bear the suspense no longer and he shouted out
"Weel done 'cutty sark'"
see the next tip....
Cutty Sark stories from its offical web site:
A Scary Story! -
So, how did Cutty Sark get her name... if you are sitting comfortably I'll begin... but be warned it's scary!
The Hell Voyage -
In the spring of 1880 the American Naval Fleet was in Japanese waters and in need of coal. Many tea clippers had ceased the tea trade as a result of the opening of the Suez Canal and were now carrying general cargos. This is the story of one of the Cutty Sark's voyages.
The Jury Rudder
During the 1870s there was great kudos in owning the first ship home with the new season's tea, and Cutty Sark had been built specifically to win this race and to challenge Thermopylae who at that time was regarded as the fastest vessel.
With the new Docklands Light Railway service south of the Thames, and connections via the ultra modern Jubilee Line underground at Canary Wharf, getting to Cutty Sark has never been easier. From central London, you can reach Cutty Sark in about an hour from Westiminster Pier, or just 20 minutes from Bank Station by DLR.
Cutty Sark was built for John 'Jock' Willis, a seasoned sailing ship master who had 'swallowed the anchor' and set up as a fleet owner in the port of London. Here he became better known as "White Hat Willis" because he always wore a white top hat.
We urgently need donations for our restoration work!
Cutty Sark is open every day, all year round from 10am to 5pm.
[Last entry at 4.30pm]
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
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