Famous tea clipper, the Cutty Sark has been severely damaged by a mysterious fire. A symbol of the British Empire and a famous London landmark, the Cutty Sark was popular with tourists and historians alike, whilst she was dry-docked in Greenwich.
Fire broke out in the early hours of the morning and quickly spread through the timber and iron ship causing extensive damage. Firemen arrived to find huge flames and thick black smoke shooting up high into the sky. The blaze was eventually brought under control, revealing a mass of charred timbers on the deck of what was once the world's fastest tea clipper. Police are treating the blaze as suspicious and have appealed for witnesses.
A fund has been set up to restore the fire damaged vessel The ship's website crashed after being inundated with donations from wellwishers eager to see the Cutty Sark rise from the ashes and be restored to its former glory once again.