On Wednesday April 24 2012 the world famous nineteenth century clipper will be reopened by Her Majesty the Queen.
The conservation project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has taken almost six years to complete; delayed by the fire in 2007 which greatly damaged much of the ship’s wooden structures. The restoration revives one of the most iconic tourist destinations for people living in and travelling through East London Lines boroughs.
The Cutty Sark is the last surviving clipper of its kind in the world and brings its rich history to London’s skyline. After it’s launch from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1869 the Cutty Sark has visited most of the major ports around the world. She carried valuable cargo ranging from teas and whiskey, to gunpowder and buffalo horns.
The ship has been lifted three meters above it’s dry dock exposing its fully restored hull and taking the weight of its keel. Her interior now houses an extensive exhibition which covers all areas of the ship’s past from her involvement in the tea trade to the times of the infamous opium wars. Touch screens and an interactive game are among the new features that will bring the ship to life once more.
The historical clipper will be reopened to the public on Tuesday 26th of April.
Official Website: http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark