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Why Did the Greenwich Meridian Shift?

Recently, it was reported that the Prime Meridian, as marked at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, is off by 102 meters, over the length of an American football field. The Prime Meridian is the arbitrary line marking 0 degrees … Continue reading

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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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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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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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