Cutty Sark, built in 1869 at Dumbarton on the Clyde, the only surviving tea clipper in the world, and perhaps the ultimate icon of Britain's great maritime heritage is under threat. There is an urgent need for a £5 million plus restoration programme to undertake the critical restoration uncovered by a structural survey of the ship. Rainwater penetration has caused rot in Cutty Sark's decks and hull planking, and rust in her wrought iron structure, which is seriously threatening the survival of the ship.
Restoration of Cutty Sark's masts, spars and rigging, a seven year programme at a cost of £2 million has recently been completed with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Greenwich Development Agency. The major restoration which is now required to secure the ship for the future includes a number of key elements:
- Renewal of the upper deck
- Repair and replacement where necessary of the wrought iron hull structure and hull planking
- Replacement of electrical and other services
- New interpretation facilities on board the ship
The ship will remain open to the public throughout the restoration. A canopy will be built over the ship and adjacent dockside to provide much needed workshop space and to protect the ship from the elements during the restoration. A display area and a viewing platform, where visitors can see craftsmen at work on the restoration, will also be included. A plan of work has been prepared to rescue Cutty Sark and a fundraising campaign is being developed to save this historic ship for the continuing enjoyment of future generations.
More information: Chief Executive Maritime Trust - Alan Stimson