"Cutty Sark" Cutty Sark Tip by dracko

Cutty Sark, London: 26 reviews and 35 photos

  Cutty Sark
by dracko

Cutty Sark is one of the most famous tallships in history. Built as a tea clipper in 1869 she became the fastest tallship in history as she sailed regularly between England and China carrying cargoes of tea and later hauling wool from Australia. For years she remained one of the fastest ships at sea, once even passing a steamer while enroute from Sydney. Cutty Sark is the last remaining example of the great clipper ships of that era.

The name Cutty Sark means "short shirt" and is based on a poem by George Burns about a farmer, a witch, and a horse's tail which still adorns her bow . Today she is located in a specially constructed dry dock in Greenwich, where she has been receiving visitors since
1950s. Despite being over 130 years old, she is still a beautiful sight. You can visit her and check out for yourself her immense cargo holds, decks, & crew quarters; you'll also
learn more about the ship's history, her crew, owners, and the merchant trade of the times.

Some of the quarters are roped off, with (somewhat cheesy) manequins inside to show what life at sea on a tallship was like. Overall, it's a great time. Definitely visit this majestic ship if you are in the area!

Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9HT
Directions: You can get there via the Dockside Light Railway, a part of the underground which has a stop right next to the dry dock.
Phone: +44 20 8858 4422
Website: http://www.cuttysark.org.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2003
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