Tuesday, May 22, 2007


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.



david santos said...

Naomi, a sua escrita em português está muito boa. Podemos trocar as ligações, pois até é muito bom.
Se não perceber, eu escrevo em inglês, ok?
Tenha um bom dia.

Sueblimely said...

That is sad. I enjoyed my few visits to the Cutty Sark. Do you know if the figure heads survived the fire?

Jackie said...

Sorry to hear that. I visited it about 20 years ago.

Naomi said...

Thanks for stopping by David. I've added your link to my blog so that any Portugese visitors can come over and see your post in Portugese and Spanish re. Madeleine. I don't speak Portugese so the Google translator was very handy. Gracias.

Naomi said...

Hello Sue, The ship had actually been closed to visitors since last year as it was due to undergo a £25million restoration, so fortunately many of the priceless artefacts from the upper part of the ship, including the figureheads had been removed and put into storage. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.

Naomi said...

Hi Jackie

Yes it was very sad. Hopefully the Cutty Sark will rise from the ashes and be restored to its former glory again very soon.

Janey Loree said...

This is horrible!!! There is nothing more beautiful than a seascape picture with a clipper or an "Old timey" ship on the open sea!!! Some people just don't understand how important it is to preserve these landmarks. Besides the workmanship on these ships are remarkable!!!

Naomi thanks for the info on the Royal Website. You have been a wealth of information!!!

Naomi said...

Hi Janey

Yes this was just wanton destruction. I can't believe anybody would do something like this. The Cutty Sark was a true icon of our times, once the world's fastest tea clipper. Glad you enjoyed the info on the Royal website. If you want any more help or info. let me know.