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The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark and the legacy of the great sailing ships

The Cutty Sark is now on show at Greenwich (London,UK).  It is the last remaining example of the great Tea Clippers.  For more information about the exhibit please click here.

The first of each tea harvest from China to Europe was of great commercial value. These ships were built for that purpose, using a narrow hull and powerful rig.  Built for speed rather than large cargo.  For more of that history please click here.

The Cutty Sark was recognised as the foremost in its class even though it never quite won the Great Tea Race.


This is another Clipper Ship, Lightning under full sail.

Provided under Creative Commons License by: Bruce Von Stetina




Ships like these and their crews advanced the knowledge of construction, navigation and seamanship.  Altogether making travel by sea a lot safer than it used to be.  It was once the most hazardous of all occupations.  By contrast, going to sea has now become a pleasure to many.

An important principle still remains for all such potentially hazardous occupations.  That is, the development of good habit.  Often inconvenient in good weather but a vital life safer when wet, cold, tired, in the dark, confused and disoriented.

Such vessels do not remain in service and their builders and brave crews are no longer with us. But, the advances that they made remain. Those ships and their crews may not still roll,  but because of their legacy, they still rock.

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6 responses

  1. So well written and so interesting! I love these masterpieces~


    October 4, 2013 at 20:31

  2. I just think it’s amazing that humans built these magnificent ships and sailed around the world in them and without all the technology we have today like GPS.


    June 2, 2014 at 07:28

    • I’m glad you think so. I have always had a great admiration for those endeavours which built our world. Albeit that it is not all roses, it is still better than it was. Regards G. 🙂


      June 2, 2014 at 09:38

  3. Cutty Shark is the nobility of Tall Ships! Thank You presenting it. I love Tall Ships and every time when they visit Finland I have to shoot photos from them. I have not seen Cutty Shark live, but it must incredible beauty. If You do not mind Sir, I give here link to my Tall Ship photos from 2013, when they visited Helsinki:

    Tall ships in Helsinki.

    Happy blogging!


    April 23, 2015 at 08:12

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