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17 September 2012

Tour a replica of the Cutty Sark

Readers will remember that Victorian tea clipper, The Cutty Sark, burned down in 2007, and this summer a replica of the ship was opened in the dry dock the original once sat in, using some of the original metal & bits which survived the fire, but using plenty of shiny new wooden bits.

Your author visited a few weeks ago and was - as expected - rather underwhelmed by the experience, for there are plenty of things worthy of preservation and when one is completely gutted by fire, it is a little odd to pretend the replica you have created is the same as the original. The views of the tasteful sorts at the Victorian Society on the design of the surroundings for the ship are also pretty spot on.

But of course, you should probably decide for yourself, just think of the money which you pay to visit as an unprompted donation to charity. For details, see http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark/


  1. Great photo though! It's a shame it's not as authentic as it could be, although I'm a fan of education through projects like this.

  2. this isn't a replica, it's a restoration.
    surprisingly little of the original ship was destroyed in the fire - and about half of the timbers were off site being restored when the blaze occurred. not all that was left was destroyed and the ship has been restored with a mix of existing and new timber. "some of the metal and bits" is incorrect.