Built to last only 30 years, the 1869 clipper was in urgent need of conservation work by the end of 2006 when The Cutty Sark Conservation Project started. The ship is of composite construction, and so the conservation process is a complicated one! This is the biggest overhaul the ship has had in over fifty years and will ensure that no major work is required for another fifty years.
The Project will not only conserve the vessel, but will also result in a greatly enhanced visitor attraction with exciting new exhibitions presenting stories from the ship’s eventful history. An inspiring learning resource, when re-opened Cutty Sark will bring the bygone era of sail to life.
Ship or maritime heritage site
Opening hours: 10.00–17.00*
Last entry 16.00
*Summer opening, 25 July–31 Aug: 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00).
**Due to high demand tickets may not always be available on the day to those who have not purchased in advance
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The existing collections consist principally of the 1869 composite clipper ship Cutty Sark, and her contents. In addition the Trust possesses a collections of artefacts relating to the ship and her history, designers, builders, owners, crews, cargoes, the clipper ship genre, the Merchant Navy and Robert Burns. Of particular note are the collections of journals, logs, drawings, paintings, photographs and published material relating to the construction, working life and restoration of Cutty Sark. In addtion the Trust owns the Sydney Cumbers collection of Merchant Navy figureheads, the largest single collection together in the world.
Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, World Cultures
King William Walk
020 8858 2698
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