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Recall the days of the clipper ships with these adorable tall ships models inspired by the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark. Resting easily upon and shelf or desk, this tall model ship will brighten the décor of any room with a touch of nautical history and the free spirit of the open sea.
15 Inches Long
4 Inches Wide
10 Inches Tall
Shipped fully assembled with all sails mounted
Accurate scale model replica of the actual Cutty Sark
Handcrafted with Plank on Frame construction – a painstaking process where each individual plank is attached to the hull one at a time
Only high quality woods used such as southwest cherry, white orchid wood, birch, maple, and rosewood
Detailed Features Include:
26 masterfully stitched canvas pin stripe sails
Accurately hand-painted to match actual Cutty Sark
Two metal anchors attached to each side of vessel
Two scaled wooden lifeboats on deck
British flag easily identifiable hanging from rear rigging
Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings, paintings, and actual photographs used to ensure the highest possible accuracy
Metal nameplate attached to wooden base to identify Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark was launched on November 22, 1869, in Dumbarton on the Scottish Clyde. She was built to carry tea in the China Run. Due to a new hull shape that was stronger, could take more sail and be driven harder than any other, the Cutty Sark was the fastest ship taking the Cape of Good Hope Route. Her name comes from Robert Burns' poem, Tam O' Shanter. Tam meets a group of witches, most of whom are ugly, but for Nannie, who is young and beautiful and is described as wearing only a "cutty sark" (a short chemise or shirt). Although her early years under her first master, Captain George Moodie, saw some sterling performances, fate was to thwart her owner's hopes of glory in the tea trade: in the very same year of her launching, the Suez Canal was opened, allowing steamers to reach the Far East via the Mediterranean, a shorter and quicker route not accessible to sailing ships, whose freights eventually fell so much that the tea trade was no longer profitable. So Cutty Sark's involvement in the China run was short lived, her last cargo of tea being carried in 1877. For the next several years, the Cutty Sark was forced to seek cargoes where she could get them, and it was not until 1885 that she began the second (and more illustrious) stage of her career. The ship's heyday was in the Australian wool trade, which was overseen by Captain Richard Woodget, from 1885 to 1895.
After 1895 she served under the Portugese flag for twenty five years. Crafted to race across the globe to sack immense profits before other European traders, the Cutty Sark was built for speed. In the memorable race between the Cutty Sark and Thermopylae in 1872, the Cutty Sark lost her rudder after passing through the Sunda Straight and arrived in London a week after their competitor. What makes the Cutty Sark the hero of this race was that she continued the race with a makeshift rudder instead of putting into port for repairs, and in spite of that only lost by a week.
Inevitably, the clipper ships lost out to the more powerful steam boats, which were more reliable, and thus returned goods more consistently. The Cutty Sark won the reputation as the fastest ship in her size when she ran 360 nautical miles in 24 hours during a run for the Australian Wool trade.
The Cutty Sark is the world’s sole surviving extreme slipper, with the majority of her hull fabric surviving from her original construction in the 1860s. The Cutty Sark is preserved as a museum ship in Greenwich, which is in south-east London. She now belongs to the Tames Nautical College and stands dry docked at Greenwich London. In May of 2007 she sustained damage from an accidental fire during a $5 million dollar restoraion project. Fortunately her sails, rigging, and most of her planking were safely in storage and the Cutty Sark is still being restored.
The Cutty Sark is drydocked in Greenwich, where the River Thames widens into an estuary before joining the North Sea. It sits next to the former Royal Navy College - now the National Maritime Museum - and the Royal Observatory on the zero longitude line, where Britain developed the navigational technology that enabled it to rule the waves. Measuring 280 feet long, the ship weighed 979 tons and its main mast soared 152 feet above the main deck. The ship was used for training naval cadets during World War II, and in 1951 it was moored in London for the Festival of Britain. Shortly afterward, the ship was acquired by the Cutty Sark Society. Cutty Sark had been closed to visitors since last year for the restoration, which had been due to be complete in 2009. Conservationists promised to redouble their efforts to save the ship and raise funds for its preservation.
Why Cutty Sark Matters
•Cutty Sark is the epitome of the great age of sail
•Cutty Sark is the only surviving extreme clipper, and the only tea clipper still in existence.
•Most of her hull fabric survives from her original construction and she is the best example of a merchant composite construction vessel.
•Cutty Sark has captured the imagination of millions of people, 15 million of whom have come on board to learn the stories she has to tell.
•Cutty Sark was preserved in Greenwich partly as a memorial to the men of the merchant navy, particularly those who lost their lives in the world wars.
•Cutty Sark is one of the great sights of London.
Statement of Significance
•Cutty Sark is the world’s sole surviving extreme clipper, a type of vessel that was the highest development of the fast commercial sailing ship, with the majority of her hull fabric surviving from her original construction.
•Cutty Sark is internationally appreciated for her beauty and is one of the most famous ships in the world.
•The Cutty Sark has fine lines – a considerable part of her appeal – are defined by her frames which form part of the vessel’s composite construction; a construction technique of which she is the best surviving example and of which she is of exceptional quality.
•Cutty Sark is a gateway to the World Heritage Site at Greenwich and is a key asset to both the World Heritage Site and the Borough of Greenwich.
•As a tea clipper, she is tangible evidence of the importance of tea in 19th century trade and cultural life.