I recently visited Greenwich (London) which is on the Thames and is famous for its nautical connections. The two main attractions are the ‘National Maritime Museum’ and the ‘Cutty Sark’.
The ‘Cutty Sark’ is an historic 1869 Tea Clipper, built on the Clyde, Scotland, which has been on display in Greenwich (in dry-dock) since 1957. The ‘Cutty Sark’ is in fact the last surviving tea clipper and fastest and greatest of her time. However in 2007 she was seriously damaged by fire, during a renovation.
Some five years later and £45 million pounds later the ‘Cutty Sark’ was returned to her former glory. I had been a few times to see her over the years, as a child and as an adult. I tried to visit her in 2012 shortly after she re-opened, to see the restoration. However she was a victim of her own success with queues snaking out of the door, so I gave her a miss.
I finally got to see her in January 2015.
I am pleased to say that she looks better than ever – inside and out. Although some of her timbers were lost in the fire, many were also off-site in storage. You cannot tell the difference now.
Cleverly they have raised her up (like the SS Great Britain, In Bristol) by three meters so she looks down, more majestically than ever, over Greenwich. You you can walk right underneath the hull. There is even a café down there and display of historic figure-heads. There is a new entrance/foyer area with an enlarged gift shop. Visitors enter the hull and work their way up the ships inner decks to the open deck.
I’d certainly recommend a visit if you are in London.
Below is my slide-show, taken on my recent visit
Cutty Sark/NMM Web Site: http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark
My visit to the Nat. Maritime Museum: http://wp.me/pfRKD-1ur