Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cutty Sark

Which came first......
No, not the Scotch..... first, one of Britain's greatest maritime treasures, the clipper ship Cutty Sark. Launched in 1869 from Scotland, Cutty Sark visited most of the major ports around the world. She carried cargo ranging from the finest teas to gunpowder and from whisky to buffalo horns. Cutty Sark made her name as the fastest ship of her era during her time in the wool trade.
In April, Her Majesty The Queen officially reopened the Cutty Sark after an extensive conservation project, with major support totalling £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. "It is splendid that she is re-joining the London skyline once again!"
Book your tickets on line before attempting the trek to Greenwich, tours are offered every hour. The ship is beautifully restored with interesting displays on every level.....
Sailors must have been short in the 1800's!
The best part of my day was watching the kids interact with all of the hands-on displays....
Call ahead and book a table at the Gipsy Moth - they have a huge outdoor eating area and traditional pub food! (When it stops raining!!!)

3 comments:

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

...and did you get a taste of the real cutty shark??

A Tale of Two Cities said...

So glad it's open again. I think it's been closed the whole time we've been in London.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I've seen a lot of adverts about the new opening - I'd really love to see it.