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The Cutty Sark clipper ship is dry-docked by Greenwich Pier. When she was built in 1869 she was the fastest tea clipper of her generation, sometimes sailing up to 360 miles a day. In 1871 she even set a record for the trip between London and China – completing the journey in just 107 days.
The opening of the Suez Canal a short time later cut journey times for every boat in the world, and the Cutty Sark’s speed was no longer an issue. She was sold to a Portuguese company in 1895, and bought back in 1954.
She now contains a fine collection of ship’s figureheads.
The Cutty Sark takes her name from an old Robert Burns poem called Tam O’Shanter, which mentions a pretty young witch wearing nothing but a
cutty sark – the old name for a short skirt.
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