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City of Adelaide – a Ship Renamed, a Duke Showered in Champagne, & Funding Approved

The composite clipper ship, City of Adelaide, which had been renamed HMS Carrick, was officially renamed the City of Adelaide once at a ceremony on the River Thames at Greenwich near London.  Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was accidentally … Continue reading

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HMS Implacable, Survivor of Trafalgar & WWII – Scuttled in 1949

Here is a video of the scuttling of HMS Implacable in 1949.  She was originally the French Navy’s Téméraire-class ship of the line Duguay-Trouin, launched in 1800.  The Duguay-Trouin fought in and survived the Battle of Trafalgar, only to be captured by the British in … Continue reading

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Figureheads – Nannie Dee and the Cutty Sark

The figurehead on the Cutty Sark is dramatic – a woman, all in white, wearing a flowing robe which leaves her upper body uncovered.  He face is fixed in a scowl or grimace and she is reaching out with one … Continue reading

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Cutty Sark – the Good, Bad & the Ugly

After a multi-year, £50 million restoration, interrupted by a near catastrophic fire, the composite clipper ship, Cutty Sark, reopened last April.  Not everyone was impressed. Andrew Gilligan, the Telegraph‘s London Editor, called the restoration “a clucking, Grade A, … turkey.”  In September, the British architectural trade journal, Building Design, awarded … Continue reading

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Are Modern Ships Slower Than Sailing Ships? Probably not.

In 2010, the headline read,  Modern cargo ships slow to the speed of the sailing clippers. The article was subtitled, “Container ships are taking longer to cross the oceans than the Cutty Sark did as owners adopt ‘super-slow steaming’ to … Continue reading

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Cutty Sark Restoration: 2012 Carbuncle Cup Winner – Worst New Building Design in Britain

In April, we posted about a scathing review of the Cutty Sark restoration by Andrew Gilligan, the Telegraph‘s London Editor.  He referred to the restoration as “a clucking, Grade A … turkey.”   I have not seen the ship but I share many of Gilligan’s concerns. (I will be visiting the … Continue reading

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Vacuum Cleaner Victims – the Clipper Ship Cutty Sark and Now the USS Miami !

There is a new threat to our nautical heritage and our nation’s defense!  In 2007, the composite tea clipper Cutty Sark, built in 1869, was ravaged by fire.  An investigation revealed the culprit - an industrial vacuum cleaner.   Now, it appears … Continue reading

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Mr. Muntz’s Marvelous Metal and the Cutty Sark

Earlier today we posted about an article by Andrew Gilligan, the Telegraph‘s London Editor, in which he referred to the Cutty Sark restoration as “a clucking, Grade A, Bernard Matthews-class turkey.” For a more positive perspective on the restoration one could turn to the … Continue reading

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Is the Restored Cutty Sark a Clucking, Grade A Turkey?

After a long commercial career, the 1869 composite clipper ship Cutty Sark became a museum ship in a drydock in Greenwich in 1954.  Then in May 21, 2007, a fire broke out that burned a significant portion of the ship.  After a 5 … Continue reading

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The Return of the Cutty Sark, Reopening April 26th

Here is a cute trailer announcing the reopening of the composite clipper ship Cutty Sark in her drydock in Greenwich, UK.  The ship built in 1869, caught fire on May 21, 2007  and has undergone a full restoration. The ship … Continue reading

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Cutty Sark’s Masts Rise Again

After being gutted by fire in 2007, the 1869 composite tea clipper Cutty Sark has been undergoing a methodical reconstruction.  She reached a milestone recently when her foremast was restepped in the ship.  The main and mizzen masts are expected to be … Continue reading

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Update on the Cutty Sark – Fiasco or just “Berthing” Pains?

Last September we posted about an article in the Telegraph, Cutty Sark restoration turning into a fiasco.   Thanks to Alaric Bond for passing on an update recently published in the Private Eye.  The restoration of the Cutty Sark, after a major fire in 2007, … Continue reading

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Cutty Sark Restoration Turning into a Fiasco?

After rosy announcements about the restoration of the Cutty Sark an article in the Telegraph has a very different view of the ongoing project. Cutty Sark restoration turning into a fiasco The restoration of the Cutty Sark is turning into … Continue reading

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Cutty Sark to be Restored by Olympics; Fate of City of Adelaide Delayed

The Cutty Sark will be restored and ready for new visitors in time for the 2012 Olympics.   The ship was nearly destroyed by fire in 2007.    The other, albeit just barely, surviving composite clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, which has … Continue reading

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