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One warm and sunny morning I was looking at the London's map and thinking what else I should discover while I have holidays there. My eyes stopped on Greenwich where some of the touristic spots were displayed. National Maritime Museum and Greenwich park. Why not?...
Places to visit include the Cutty Sark, The Fan Museum, National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College (with its magnificent Painted Hall), the Royal Observatory and the Wernher Collection at the Ranger's House.
Britain's seafaring history displayed in an impressive modern museum. Themes include exploration and discovery, Nelson, 20th century seapower, trade and empire, passenger shipping, maritime London, costume, art and the sea and the future of the sea.
The Museum is also unique in the architectural importance of its main buildings, the Queen’s House in particular being the keystone of the historic park-and-palace landscape of 'Maritime Greenwich’, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The last of the great Tea Clippers is situated in the very heart of Greenwich, in a dry dock at the river's edge. Displays depict life on board during her voyages.
Her name comes from the distinctive shift or 'Cutty Sark' worn by the figurehead, the bewitching heroine of Robert Burns' poem 'Tam O' Shanter'.
Cutty Sark was built for John Willis to be the fastest clipper on the China tea route. Her design was taken from one of his other ships "The Tweed", with special modifications to make her handle better and sail faster. John Willis insisted that the best materials were used in building the ship, but would only pay £17.00 per ton. This bankrupted the firm of Scott & Linton, the original builders, and the work was completed by William Denny & Brothers.
Cutty Sark was launched at Dumbarton on the Clyde on Monday 22nd November 1869. She was recorded to have reached speeds of 17 and a half knots, her best day's run is recorded at 363 miles, averaging 15 knots, and on one occasion she sailed 2,164 miles in six days and on another 3457 in eleven days.
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- In a nutshell:World Heritage Site
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