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Greenwich Cutty Sark

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 1 days
  • Board Basis: N/A
  • Tour Ref: D2TBAK7055

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  • Travel Type: Coach

Greenwich Cutty Sark

A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House art gallery. All our attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world's sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich. This legendary 19th-century sailing ship has been raised over three metres allowing you the jaw-dropping experience of walking directly underneath and touching the original hull planks and iron framework, which date back to 1869.

Reach up and touch the beautiful, gleaming copper hull of the tea clipper Cutty Sark. To preserve the unique shape of Cutty Sark's hull and relieve the pressure on the keel, Cutty Sark was lifted over three metres (10 feet) as part of the 2006-2012 Conservation Project. It was no small effort to achieve this - but you'll agree it was worth it when you walk underneath Cutty Sark and gaze upwards to find yourself dwarfed by 963 tons of beautifully conserved Victorian tea clipper. Possibly most striking is the gleaming hull, covered in copper alloy sheathing of 70% copper and 30% zinc. If you can reach, you are welcome to touch.

Cutty Sark's hull was innovative for its composite design, which combined wooden planks with an iron 'skeleton' of frames, beams and cross bracing. The result was a very strong, rigid ship, with more room for cargo, because the iron framework took up substantially less space than a wholly wooden hull. Originally the hull was covered in Muntz metal, a composite that was developed in Birmingham. The current sheathing has the same appearance, but is more readily available today.

Depart for home Approx. 17.30

PRICE FROM ? £40 per person
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